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Evacuation orders lifted for Interior area

UPDATE (9:58 a.m.) — The Interior Fire Department has announced via their Twitter that Hwy 44 from Interior to BIA 2 & Hwy 44 junction are now open. Also that the evacuation order for Badlands White River KOA has been lifted.

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UPDATE (5:55 p.m.) — Highway 73 through Philip has water running across from Bad River flooding, according to Haakon County Emergency Management. Officials advise that motorists use an alternative route.

Highway 73 bridge over the Bad River on the south end of Philip (Photo courtesy of Duke)

Additionally Highway 44 is still closed from Interior and the Badlands KOA continues to be under mandatory evacuation. The public is asked to avoid these areas.

Forest Road, Norris Peak Road, Sheridan Lake Road are now open and passable. Nemo Road remains closed near the county line due to downed power lines near Camp Columbus, according to Pennington County Emergency Management.

Video from Duke above shows flooding west of Dump Road


UPDATE (2:40 p.m.) — Drone footage sent from Blane Cuny in Owanka, SD shows flooding of Box Elder Creek where it meets the Cheyenne River.


UPDATE (12:52 p.m.) — Flooding has led to more closures and obstructed roads, including the following:

  • Date Road south of Highway 20 is closed due to flooding
  • Zeona Road is closed due to water over the road at the North Fork Moreau River
  • Highway 79 is flooded at the South Fork Moreau River.
  • Horseshoe Road south of Elk Creek Road is under water.
  • Water is over roadway near Folsom

If you have any photographs of flooding near you, please share them in the gallery below, but don’t attempt to take any photos that may put you in harm’s way.

South Ellsworth Road south of Highway 1416

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Video of flooding from just south of New Underwood.


UPDATE (10:45 a.m.) — Flooding is becoming an issue on S.D. Hwy 44 east of Interior. According to South Dakota Highway Patrol, barricades are up and the road is impassable.


NEW UNDERWOOD, SD (9:47 a.m.) — According to the Pennington County Highway Department, flooding has caused water to rise over the road in several areas in New Underwood.

159th Avenue from Highway 1416 to 229th Street as well as 156th Avenue from Highway 1416 to 229th Street are closed due to water over the road. Water is also reported to be over the road on 156th Avenue, 160th Avenue, 226th Street and 233rd Street.

In addition, they have reported that Paulsen Road is closed from 197th Avenue east to Big Foot Road near Quinn.

The Interior Fire Department is reporting that the White River at MM 123 & MM 124 south of Interior on Hwy 44 is out of its banks and over the highway.


RAPID CITY, S.D. – 7:50 p.m. May 21

A two-block stretch of West Nike Road is closed to traffic after a culvert washed out Tuesday evening.

The washout impacts both westbound and eastbound lanes.

Residents in the area can gain access to their homes off Dyess Ave. All other traffic should take an alternate route. City officials estimate repairs could take at least three days depending on weather.

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