Roads throughout Lincoln County are closing because of flooding

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LINCOLN COUNTY, S.D. (KELO) — A late night thunderstorm brought a lot of rain to eastern KELOLAND.  

Something many people didn’t want to see.

“The county had to install a new culvert and every time they wanted to work on that it would rain and they’d have to wait so they finally got it done and now you can see behind me here it’s totally washing out again,” Lincoln County Emergency Manager Harold Timmerman said.

Roads throughout Lincoln County are overrun with water.

“Not an extreme amount, but there have been a few. Some of the township gravel roads there’s water running over those. Over by Lake Alvin the waters getting pretty high over there too,” Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff EJ Colshan, said.

Some roads with flooding remain open, but that’s not because they’re safe to travel through.

“We haven’t actually closed all of them off, yet we’re still finding them. The ones that are able to be closed they have closed them and they’re still working on some of the township crews are working on closing other ones,” Colshan said.

And with more rain, comes more work.

“More damage than what we’ve already had and like i said trying to fix these roads has been a never ending thing and it will probably go on for most of the summer,” Timmerman said.

“It just creates a problem where there’s already a problem. It’s just hard for our gravel roads to recover,” Colshan said.

Officials say to not drive through water over roads, and to report it in Lincoln County, you can call the emergency management office or click here.

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