Lake Thompson homeowners still facing floodwaters

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LAKE THOMPSON, S.D. (KELO) — It certainly was a beautiful day, but that’s little consolation for people who are still dealing with flooding.  

One area that we haven’t had a chance to report on is the flooding around Lake Thompson, where homeowners are having a tough time just getting to their homes. 

Normally you wouldn’t recommend driving through water.

“I’m going to say the water went up since yesterday,” homeowner, Ryan Sauter said. 

But for Sauter and others who live around Lake Thompson, they have no choice, because their road is underwater. 

“We only have one way in and one way out that’s our biggest issue,” Sauter said. 

The township is trying to help them by marking the road with red flags. 

“Just got to take your time and drive straight,” Sauter said. 

There are more than 20 homeowners around the lake who are in the same boat as Sauter.  

Four wheelers or pickups are about the only way to navigate through the water. 

“We feel for them, and what’s happening, we are trying our best to look at ways to help them,” Kingsbury County Emergency Manager, Cindy Bau said. 

Bau says her office has been busy assessing the damage around the lake and getting preliminary reports sent off to the governor for possible assistance, but until the water goes down, there’s not much else they can do. 

“People are just going to have to understand that this might not be the normal spring and summer that they’re used to having and if people can be mindful of that and respectful and get along with everybody,” Bau said.  

“I think we just need some dry conditions for a month or two,” Sauter said.  

Sauter says he’s been staying with his in-laws for now hoping the water will go down soon.  

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