Damage totals still being tallied from flooding

KELOLAND.com Original

Flooding is still a major problem throughout KELOLAND. The most recent flood happened two weeks ago and efforts are still being made to recover and clean up.

After calling all the counties in southeastern South Dakota, many officials report the damage looks to be even worse than the previous flooding in March.

Flooding in McCook County.

At Lake Vermillion in McCook County, officials say the east unit and boat dock will remain closed for the foreseeable future. There is no timeline in place and no word on repair costs.

Emergency managers in the southeastern counties do not have exact damage totals yet. The following information includes estimates and could change in the next few weeks.

  • Aurora County (Emergency manager: James Nielsen)
    – Around $1.5 million worth of damage
    – Eight confirmed homes damaged, 18 more pending
    – Roads, dams and homes are seeing the most damage
  • Bon Homme County (Emergency manager: Eric Elsberry)
    – Previously fixed roads are damaged
  • Douglas County (Emergency manager: Pat Harrington)
    – Flood damage is 10 times worse than spring flood damage
    – Around 80% of the county was affected by floodwaters
    – Roads are seeing the most damage because some repairs from the previous flooding had yet to be completed
  • Lake County (Emergency manager: Kody Keefer)
    – Flood damage is just as bad, or worse, than the spring, which resulted in $705,000 worth of damage
    – 285 people have called in with damage to their homes
    – Homes are seeing the most damage
    – Not as many roads were affected from this flooding event as compared to the spring
    – Road damage from this flood event is more severe than the spring flood
    – Still seeing water in homes
  • Lincoln County (Emergency manager: Harold Timmerman)
    – Very little flooding
    – No calls received reporting flood damage
    – Agricultural land and township roads are seeing the most damage
    – The railroad was also significantly damaged
  • McCook County (Emergency manager: BJ Stiefvater)
    – More than $700,000 worth of damage
    – More than 100 people have called in with damage to their homes
    – Gravel roads, bridges and homes are seeing the most damage
  • Moody County (Emergency manager: Terry Albers)
    – All 16 townships are expected to have flood damage
    – 30 people have called in reporting damage
    – Rural roads and culverts are seeing the most damage because of previous flood repairs being uncompleted
  • Sanborn County (Emergency manager – Jason Coenen)
    – Artesian and Letcher seeing the most flood damage
    – More damage to previously flood-damaged roads
    – Five confirmed reports of flooding, still looking into more
  • Union County (Emergency manager – Andy Minihan)
    – No one has called in to report damage to their home
    – Flooding near the Sioux River is mainly to agricultural land
    – Flooding near the Missouri River is around homes
    – Minihan says to be prepared and have an emergency plan set in place
  • Yankton County (Emergency manager: Paul Scherschligt)
    – Around 60 people have called in with damage to their homes
    – So far, two homes have been declared destroyed
    – Pipes are seeing the most damage

All emergency managers say if your property sustained recent flood damage, call them or 211. Even if you were able to take care of the damage yourself, if you call in, it helps flooding reports for each county.

Minnehaha County emergency manager Jason Gearman shared an update on recent damage earlier this week. Click here for that story. The Hutchinson County highway superintendent Joel Baumiller also shared an update. You can find that story, here.

We also tried to contact emergency managers in these counties: Turner, Davison, Charles Mix, Miner, Clay, Brule and Buffalo.

The Jerauld County emergency manager said the area sustained no recent flood damage.

  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe also sustained flood damage. In a news release sent by Remi Bald Eagle, KELOLAND News learned
    – Roads, culverts and bridges sustained damage
    – Many of the roads still remain impassable
    – There is critical infrastructure damage

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