While the city is preparing for another round of flooding — others are still trying to pick up the pieces from last week. KELOLAND News spoke with people hit hard to see how they’re preparing for even more water.
When looking down W. Rose St. in Sioux Falls, you see a lot of garbage.
“We’re throwing everything out. We’re pretty much completely remodeling it, taking all the carpet out, throwing that away, and remodeling, doing any drywall replacements. Any water damage get it all cleaned up, get that musty smell out and everything,” Skylar Ziegler said.
Ziegler is helping clean out homes. Many people are losing more than just pieces of furniture.
“They have baby books, they have everything they’ve ever had in the basement pretty much destroyed, I can understand, I can feel for them,” Ziegler said.
The city provided dumpsters on W. Rose St., but people are still concerned what will happen to their homes during the next flood.
“So now we’re really freaking out, we’re trying to get everything of any value and go find a storage unit somewhere,” Pastor Al Peratt said.
Peratt’s basement was destroyed by last week’s flood.
“It just kept coming it was enormous, it was overwhelming, and it was fast, so that was crazy,” Peratt said.
Luckily, he’s getting some help from people he helps almost every day.
“They had it hard one time in their life, now they’re helping us down here and that’s what you see behind us, hardworking, just asking for nothing, just want to help. I think that’s really great,” Pastor Al Peratt said.