Renner to expect more flooding


RENNER, S.D. (KELO) — The town of Renner has been known to have high amounts of flooding.

A lot of that comes with it being right on top of the Big Sioux and Skunk Creek.

But despite receiving crazy amounts of water from the March flood and fast snowmelt, It hasn’t washed away the spirits of those living in town.

When it comes to getting floodwater in Renner, sometimes, you can feel like a sitting duck…

“We were pretty excited about the water going down and leaving Renner, but now I think we’re looking forward to it coming back up and being around for a while again,” Chief of the Renner Volunteer Fire Department Jon Siemonsma said.

“Don’t be so anxious to… spruce up the yard and plant the flowers yet. Because, you know, everything… all the snow and stuff that we’ve gotten… it’s all going to flow. The rivers and cricks aren’t back down to normal levels so they’re going to swell again and I’m sure we’re going to have some more flooding,” Local Resident Dawn Cronk said.

But when you’ve lived in a town that’s used to these levels of water, sometimes, the best thing you can do is just go with the flow.

“We’re not going to worry about it, I guess. We’ve been through this before many times, obviously just a month ago so… just take it as it comes,” Siemonsma said.

“We pick where we live and it is South Dakota so it can change every two to four hours,” Cronk said.

Massive amounts of water can still cause them problems, but the help from those in the community creates even bigger waves that the mightiest river.

“When it comes to being in trouble or needing something, they’re there. It’s a camaraderie you don’t see anymore,” Cronk said.

“We handled it when it was here and now we just have to continue to handle it as we get, probably, the second wave,” Siemonsma said

To keep an eye of the forecast to see if your getting water in your area, you can download our KELOLAND Storm tracker app, or you can check out our weather page.

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