Box Elder residents continue to deal with flooding

BOX ELDER, SD — The heavy rains from the other day have passed, but people downstream are still feeling their effects.

As residents and first responders in Box Elder deal with washed out roads, flooded basements and pools of water, they’re keeping a close eye on the forecast.

“The way this flooding is happening, we haven’t seen this from my understanding since 2008,” says Chief Adam Kuenkel of the Box Elder Volunteer Fire Department.

After torrential downpour washed out the Fourth of July, water drainage remains an issue in Box Elder.

Officials say some culverts on both public and private property are clogged up.

“If we continue to get rainfall like we have this year that’s going to be a continued problem,” continued Kuenkel “We have definitely had more calls than the norm over the past couple of months and hopefully that trend does not continue.”

Rainwater is pooled up so high in places that parking lots have been turned into lakes and the Box Elder Volunteer Fire Department has conducted two water rescues to help people out of their homes.

During the high water times, the department has also had to re-route during calls because roads are blocked off or washed out. Box Elder Public Works is again going back and fixing roads which they repaired during the storms last month. The most recent repair work has been washed back out because of the amount of rainfall they’ve had this year

And though the sun is out, Kuenkel reminds all of us to be cognizant of the weather; to not cross flowing water and to be prepared to seek other accommodations if necessary.

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