Floodwater flowed over closed streets and gushed along Marne Creek in Yankton Wednesday.
Gerald Harts of Yankton says it has been more than three decades since he saw flooding like this in town.
“In 1984, it got right up here to the patio, but it didn’t get in the house,” Harts said.
He says this year is similar.
“Probably about the same, except school is not flooded yet,” Harts said. “In 1984, we had knee-deep water in the Webster school here. We had to carry all the books and everything.”
Cami Friedenbach lost power at her home.
“It was stressful, because I thought it wasn’t going to go back on for a while, and we have to clean out the basement ’cause it flooded,” Friedenbach said.
She wasn’t alone. Brad Wenande with NorthWestern Energy says in Yankton on Wednesday, “at different points in time, up to about 200” customers were without power.
“We had a lot of issues today with flooding, really started about the noon hour, maybe early afternoon,” Wenande said. “Several places had floodwaters that basically got into our transformers.”
When KELOLAND’s Dan Santella talked with Wenande at around 8 p.m. Wednesday night, Wenande said few customers in Yankton were without power.