Flooding Begins In Dell Rapids As People Make Last-Minute Preparations

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Floodwaters are already creeping into parts of southeastern KELOLAND as people rush to make final preparations.

Sandbags and water fill some of the streets in Dell Rapids as people rush to save their homes.

“Today I’ve been helping get water out of the basement and stuff like that. It’s kind of hard to get all that because when the water comes out, it comes back in right away,” Olivia Rieter said.

“We’re trying to help out neighbors who are close to the river and who have potential flooding at their house. Right now, we’re preparing for that and putting sandbags around people’s houses that could have potential flooding,” Tom Pischke said.

Several houses like the ones on Orleans Avenue are already surrounded by water. Some of the roads that run through town are also submerged by water.

However, people of all ages have stepped up to help those in need. Will Dearduff is a high school senior who’s helped make sandbags all week. 

“Me and a couple of my buddies from my class just decided that it’d be a good thing to help out when my dad was out here. My dad asked us to go work on one house and it turned into twenty more,” Dearduff said.

South Dakota state representative Tom Pischke lives in Dell Rapids. He says the community has come together to help those in need.

“Dell Rapids is a close-knit community. Everyone knows everybody pretty much. If people are need of help in Dell Rapids, everyone tries to pitch in and help everyone out,” Pischke said. 

“A lot of people have come out to help. It’s pretty amazing, actually,” Will Dearduff said.

In a tweet earlier Sunday, the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said “All east/west paved roads between 1-90 and Dell Rapids are closed.”

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