Box Elder residents dealing with weekend flooding
BOX ELDER, S.D. — Emergency crews in Rapid Valley and Box Elder responded to flooding from Friday’s rainfall, closing roads and helping in the aftermath.
Box Elder Fire Chief Adam Kuenkel said the city continues to deal with many public works issues that are a result of the flooding.
Residents are also feeling the effects of the rising waters. One couple in Box Elder had to be saved from their own home after water had trapped them all Saturday morning.
Resident Leroy Hix said that changes made to the road he lives on made the water pool up in his yard, threatening to spill into his basement. To prevent damage to his home, Hix used a Bobcat to remove a layer of the road to drain his yard. Police responded by giving him a cease-and-desist order.
With flooded roads being seen more often, officials say that all flooded roadways should be avoided, even if the water looks still. It is also possible for roads to be washed out beneath the surface, posing a serious danger.