Neighborhood On West Side Of SF Hit Hard By Floodwaters

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Some people are leaving their homes because of the floodwater. KELOLAND’s Kelli Volk was on the west side of town Thursday where a neighborhood has been hit hard.

At West 12th Street near Legacy Park, not only is the park flooded, but so is the mobile home park right across from it.  Skunk Creek runs right through this area. 

Tammy Bakke is now out of the floodwater thanks to rescuers who helped her out of her home. 

Kelli Volk: So where are you going to go?
Bakke: My daughter’s. 

Bakke is one of several people first responders helped Thursday in the neighborhood. 

Here two others, including a child, are being brought to safety. 

Erin McCarty watched the flooding from afar. 

Fortunately, her house is safe. 

She’s never seen the water this high. 

“It’s weird to hear the sounds of the ice hitting the bridge as it goes under,” Sioux Falls resident Erin McCarty said. 

“It floods, not normally quite this bad, but it’s got a history of flooding in this area over the years,” Patrol Sgt. Scott Dubbe said. 

Scott Dubbe is a Patrol Sergeant with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office. 

“Listen to the road closure signs. Don’t drive through water. You don’t know what’s underneath; the road might be washed out,” Dubbe said. 

“It’s crazy. I’ve lived here for years…never seen nothing like it in my life,” Bakke said. 

The American Red Cross has opened two shelters to help people who have been evacuated or affected by flooding. One in Sioux Falls and one in Yankton.

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