Crews work to fill sandbags in Philip to protect from Bad River flooding
PHILIP, S.D. — Crews from the Quinn and Wall Volunteer Fire Departments have been filling sandbags to help mitigate flooding in Philip.
Rising waters from the Bad River have begun to encroach in areas of town.
Lori Quinn with Haakon County Emergency Management says people are focusing on sandbagging businesses and homes to help protect them from damage.
She says it’s not yet known how high the water is expected to rise, but they’re hoping that it won’t become worse.
Video footage courtesy of Matt Burtz with the Wall Volunteer Fire Department, via Pennington County Fire Services, shows the extent of the flooding at around 4 p.m. today.
Earlier in the day officials advised motorists to avoid Highway 73 through Philip as water was running across it.
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