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Yet another round of storms wreaks havoc in the area

Heavy rains Tuesday and Wednesday last week put the nail in the coffin for many roads, bridges, and dams across South Dakota. Many schools had to cancel classes Thursday because of flooding and impassable roads; many were still closed on Friday, including Parkston.

As of Friday, 14 counties were under a flood warning. In Madison, approximately 30 people had to be rescued by boats and payloaders. Several bridges in Mitchell were washed away.

The James River near Scotland was at 21.3 feet as of Friday and still rising; the old record was 20.5 feet on June 23, 1984. The Vermillion River near Parker was also breaking its previous record of 16.1 feet, set as recently as March 14, 2019; it was at 168 feet on Friday and still rising.


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