In the Brandon area, the Big Sioux River was in a Major Flood Stage on Tuesday. Blocked off by yellow police tape, McHardy Park in Brandon is full of huge ice chunks.
“It’s a mess,“ Patrick Reynolds of Brandon said. “I don’t know what the kids are going to do for practice and for softball or baseball, whatever the little kids play over here.“
Next to Split Rock Creek is Hidden Valley Golf Course, which has three holes under water.
“Right now, 10, 11 and 12,“ owner Jim Reiter said. “They’re the ones that usually go under water when we get flooding.“
They’ve had to break out the heavy artillery removing ice from greens.
“We use chainsaws and sledgehammers and axes,“ Reiter said. “So, we’re almost like back to the old times when you made ice from the river.“
But the sun is shining here in more ways than one.
“It didn’t get as bad as they predicted, and it’s just a little extra work than we had intended, but right now everything is looking a lot better than it did four, five days ago,“ Reiter said.
Marcie Hendricks’ Brandon home by the Big Sioux River is just feet from the water.
“Nerve-wracking, to say the least,“ Hendricks said. “We were getting predictions, and we were watching them daily, and the first predictions that came out were pretty scary, and we just weren’t really sure how to prepare for it.“
She’s been far from alone in her preparation.
“Lo and behold, the track team showed up, and with I think it was the football coach, and the mayor showed up and oversaw it, and an hour later five tons of sand were bagged up and placed around our house,“ Hendricks said. “So, we were beyond grateful and just felt very blessed.“