Forcefully Fighting The Wet Weather

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You’ll see plenty of sandbags outside of homes in Sioux Falls… but finding them in a store is a lot more challenging. KELOLAND’s Whitney Fowkes trudged through the rain to see how people are battling the flooding.

Catherine Dekkenga, like many others, can be found outside fighting the weather.

“I’m tarping and putting sandbags out so that water doesn’t get into our basement that we just refinished,” Catherine Dekkenga said.

With water already pooling in her driveway, she doesn’t know where it will go next.

“I don’t know yet I’m hoping it just goes into the grass but we’ll have to just push it out. Not in the house, I guess the goal is not to get water in the house,” Catherine Dekkenga said.

She’s doing everything she can to keep that from happening.

“We have emptied out all of our downspouts so they were filled with ice and debris so we just made sure those were clear and we’re actually shoveling out the snow to make sure the water has a path to go instead of just get stuck,” Catherine Dekkenga said.

Stores like Nyberg’s Ace are struggling to keep up with the rain as well.

“I don’t recall an urgency in demand that exceeds what we’re seeing today. It’s extremely strong,” Rick Swanson said.

Sump pumps and sand tubes are flying off of the shelves

“There’s like 42 per pallet so there we 84 sand tubes but those 84 sand tubes were gone in 15 minutes,” Rick Swanson said.

People are using them inside and outside their homes.

“A lot of times what they’re using those for is to prevent water flows from getting beyond that tube, so if water is in flowing through your yard they’re redirecting water using those sand tubes,” Rick Swanson said.

Nyberg’s Ace says they will be getting more sand tubes and sump pumps Wednesday night and Thursday.

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