Lake Hanson spillway breaks

Local News

ALEXANDRIA, S.D. (KELO) — The auxiliary spillway at Lake Hanson has been compromised just before noon on Thursday. 

Lake Hanson is a small lake, located south of Alexandria in Hanson County. The lake is draining to the southwest, where no homes or structures are in danger. Residents in the area told KELOLAND News the lake is expected to be drained within a few hours, however. 

This has happened at the lake before. In 2007, the same spot was compromised. All the water from the lake, floods a basin before entering the James River.

This is the second spillway failure in the area related to Thursday’s widespread flooding. Earlier, a spillway at Lake Platte was washed out because of flooding.

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