SD Residents Move Back Home as Flood Waters Ebb
PIERRE, S.D. - Weary South Dakota residents are moving back home nearly three months after Missouri River flooding forced them from their homes in the state capital of Pierre and the city of Fort Pierre across the river.
Even though many have had to deal with damage from rising groundwater, they are thankful that emergency earthen levees built in early June limited the damage by keeping the swollen river from sweeping through their neighborhoods.
The flooding was caused by record releases from Missouri River dams to get rid of water from a heavy Rocky Mountain snow pack and torrential spring rains. As water levels drop, residents and government agencies in South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri are assessing millions of dollars in damage and making repairs to houses, roads and other facilities.