Flooding and ice at Lake Poinsett

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BROOKINGS COUNTY, S.D. (KELO) — While you may be enjoying the warmer weather, it’s leading to widespread damage at Lake Poinsett. 

A cabin on the south side of the lake was pushed by large chunks of moving ice.

It all started last week when strong winds pushed the ice onto the shorelines and into cabins and other property.  Since then people have been doing what they can to save their lake homes. 

“It was scary,” Richard Doop said. 

The Doops have lived on Lake Poinsett for 30 years and have survived a few floods. 

“This one here is the worst one we’ve ever had,” Doop said. 

While flooding is the concern now, last week, it was the ice.  When it started melting, it started moving.

Ice chunks crushed Doops’ boat house and dock. 

Other cabins were being threatened too.  

The damage around the lake could have been worse if it weren’t for John Hurley and his brother, who own an excavating company.

“Me and my brother Dan, we took turns for 30 hours day and night running the machine back and forth on the shoreline busting the ice,” Hurley said. 

…..and pulling the ice away from cabins and homes. 

“I think we saved about 14 different cabins I believe,” Hurley said. 

But Hurley, who lives on the lake too, doesn’t believe they’re out of the woods just yet.  

“When the wind comes up and the water is this high, the wave action just destroys stuff,” Hurley said. “It’s very unforgiving; Mother Nature is powerful.”

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