PREVIEW: Tough Travel in Turner County

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TURNER COUNTY, S.D. (KELO) — KELOLAND’s farmers and ranchers could use a bit less rain these days. On top of not being able to plant, many roads in places like Turner County are washed out and too muddy to travel on. March flooding has also taken out many bridges in southeast South Dakota. 

Turner County is a county hit hard by flooding. There are currently eight bridges that are closed because of ice and water damage.

Turner County Emergency Manager Brad Georgeson says fixing bridges isn’t a quick process. The damage is forcing local farmers and ranchers to drive a mile to twenty miles out of the way to get normal tasks accomplished. 

“These bridges that are currently closed due to the flood damage, whether it be ice jams that hit them or floodwaters that washed around the bottom of them. They all have to go through an inspection before they can be deemed safe or condemned,” Georgeson said. 

In Wednesday’s Eye On KELOLAND, we’ll take you around Turner County to show you what people are experiencing. 

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