Residents working to protect homes on Lake Poinsett

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LAKE POINSETT, S.D. (KELO) – It’s shaping up to be another difficult night for neighbors on Lake Poinsett. The lake is nearing record levels. People are doing everything they can to protect their homes and cabins against the rising water.

Bill Rumple has lived at Lake Poinsett for nearly 10 years. He is spending his afternoon filling sandbags in hopes of protecting the cabin his grandfather built on the lake in 1947. 

“The water hasn’t ever got to our house.  It’s gotten close to our house, but all my neighbors to the east of me, all the water has gotten right at their houses,” Rumple said.

He’s not the only one getting to work on filling sandbags. Keith Preheim moved to the lake about five years ago.

“We’ve filled about 350 so far; we figure we’re going to have to do about 500 and our house is in pretty good shape but we’re trying to protect the shoreline.  We’ve had it rebuilt, and the water is right at the top,” Lake Poinsett resident Keith Preheim said.

Both of them know living along the shore, they need to be prepared.

“In 2011, it was still six inches higher than what it is right now, last time I checked this morning anyways,” Rumple said.

But residents say they’re thankful everyone comes together in a time of need.

“We like living here, everybody looks out for each other, good neighbors,” Preheim said.

Good neighbors brought together by disaster.

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