City asks for citizen input on 50th Flood Anniversary commemoration

RAPID CITY, S.D. — As of Wednesday, we’re 100 days away from the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Rapid City Flood, and the City has been planning for months. Now they’re asking for the citizens input on how they’d like to see the event commemorated.

The flood happened on June 9, 1972 and caused 238 deaths and hundreds of millions in property damage.

Two open houses are scheduled next week, the first on March 10 at the Journey Museum from 6-8 p.m., and then the next day from 2-4 p.m. at the Rapid City Public Library.

“When we talk about what’s so important about 50 years; there’s been so many generations of new community members who’ve come to Rapid City. Then there’s people who maybe weren’t a part of what happened during this time and they don’t understand,” says Troy Kilpatrick, Executive Director of the Journey Museum.

72 Flood PkgKilpatrick says a number of events are in the works for the anniversary, which will be held over June 8, 9, and 10.

“We want to remember…we want to remember the lives that were lost,” Kilpatrick added. “We want to remember the event for how specific it was. We want to honor…we want to honor the lives that were lost. We want to honor the leaders of the time; the people who helped shape Rapid City as a community.” 

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