Centerville Farmland Goes From Dry To Drenched

KELO Centerville farmland flooding rain

Farmers in the Centerville area saw their land go from dry to drenched from heavy rain Sunday night. 

“Yesterday this field behind us here was dry. The low spots there were dry with cracks,” Centerville farmer Ron Gibbons said.

 Gibbons says his corn and beans needed a shot of rain, but this was not what he had in mind.

“We needed rain; we could always use a little rain, a half inch would have been perfect. 2.3 inches is ok,” Gibbons said.

“It started raining around 9:00 or 10:00 overnight. A neighbor says we got 2.8 inches so that’s a pretty good rainfall in an evening,” Centerville landowner Odell Overgaard said.

Overgaard says the lake behind his barn reminds him of another flash flood in 2014.

 “This is the highest it’s been in four years when we got eight inches overnight. Everything was flooded here. The water was almost clear up to the barn here, and it flooded our basement,” Overgaard said.

Overgaard is hoping the tile under this field will drain away the water before the next big rain, which could come all too soon.

“It looks like it’s going to be damp for a few more days. I looked into the forecast, and it looks like it’s going to be wet all week, which is not good news,” Overgaard said.

Despite the heavy rain, both Overgaard and Gibbons are grateful for what they got and optimistic about the future.

“We’ll take rain when we can get it,” Gibbons said.

“I’d rather see it too wet than too dry,” Overgaard said.

While Centerville and other areas to our south received plenty of rain, other parts of South Dakota are still dry, especially Brown and Spink counties in northern South Dakota.

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