Brown County prepares for flooding

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BROWN COUNTY, S.D.– Flooding may be subsiding in some parts of KELOLAND, but it’s just starting in Aberdeen.

The state’s third largest city surrounding areas are preparing and experiencing flooding from Moccasin Creek. 

Brown County is no stranger to flooding. 

“Moccasin Creek is always a concern because its a very slow moving waterway. When it rises in the spring there are areas that really have problems,” Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levsen said.

Some areas are now blocked off due to water over roads. 

“Throughout northern Brown County there are significant number of townships and county roads that are closed. People who are not residents, who are not working with it are advised to stay out of the way,”  Levsen said.

It’s important to not drive on closed roads for a few reasons.

“Don’t drive around barricades and don’t drive through moving water. It looks cool, it’s crazy to see water where usually there’s not water, and some people are checking on their personal property, but it really complicates trying to do things and it’s not safe,” Dirk Rogers with the Brown County Highway Department said.

With Moccasin Creek out of its banks, the surrounding areas of Aberdeen are likely to be affected.

“I do foresee the townships being impacted extensively on this event,” Rogers said.

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