Lots planned to commemorate 50 year anniversary of flood

RAPID CITY, S.D. — We’re coming up on 50 years since the Rapid City Flood and the city has a lot planned to commemorate the anniversary.

5 12 Rc Flood 50th Sotvo00 00 25 01still001June 9, 1972, the city was hit with flash flooding. 238 people perished and it forever changed the city’s landscape.

City leaders held a news conference Thursday at Memorial Park announcing a schedule of events to help tell the story about that night. Most of the events will take place at the Journey Museum, The Monument, and the city’s public library.

People will have a chance to hear first-hand accounts of the horror and even share their own experiences.

Rapid City Communications Coordinator Darrell Shoemaker says, “Part of what we wanted to do was reserve an opportunity for them to share their stories, to go to the library, for instance, and collect those oral histories so that we can preserve those stories for today’s and future generations.”

Events will kick off with a memorial walk on June 8 and conclude on June 10 with a presentation with the mayor at the time, Don Barnett. For a full schedule of events visit rapidcityflood.com.

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