Floods are consuming South Dakota. KELOLAND’s Whitney Fowkes traveled to the area around Parker affected by the flood waters.
It is nearly impossible to get into Parker, South Dakota due to Thursday’s flooding.
“I thought I had done my homework and knew which way was going to be able to get me home, and I guess this road is closed too,” Peggy Berens said.
Multiple roads have closed and people are left stranded.
“Never had problems getting home due to flooding. Of course, snow is another topic of concern, but never for flooding,” Peggy Berens said.
Three miles west of Chancellor, the Vermillion River is out of its banks.
“We woke up this morning and looked out the window and the river was up and out of its banks but it hadn’t… I thought it was going to stabilize should’ve probably known better than that, but 4 hours later this is what we’re seeing,” Debbie Peterson said.
The Department of Transportation closed the bridge over the river forcing Peterson to evacuate.
“This is so sudden, and especially with all the rain that we’ve had, there was no way of stopping it there was nothing we could do about it. All the neighbors surrounding here are in the same predicament we are,” Debbie Peterson said.
People are not only losing their homes but everything in them.
“In situations like this everything you lose is valuable to you because you have to start over and usually with water damage its beyond repair,” Debbie Peterson said.
You can find out which roads are closed or underwater at the Safe Travel USA website.