Officials warn of increased danger around Rapid Creek

RAPID CITY S.D. — As the downpour continues and Rapid Creek continues to rise, officials are warning the public to use extreme caution around bodies of water.

On Tuesday afternoon, Rapid Creek was over ten feet over its banks in some places. Around 2:30 p.m. , the water was flowing around 500 cubic feet per second in downtown Rapid City. Downstream in Rapid Valley, the water was flowing at 750-800 CPS.

The Rapid City Fire Department says people need to be careful when near the creek because of slippery conditions along the banks.

“If people come out and they are on the banks, [they’re] wet, slippery and potentially unstable in some areas, they may inadvertently find themselves in the water and in a life-threatening situation,” said Lt. Jim Bussell with the Rapid City Fire Department.

Officials also warn that six inches of running water can sweep a person off of their feet. A foot of water can wash away a car. And in some places in the creek, sticks, rocks and man-made objects underwater can pose a threat as well.

“Those items are most often under the water and you don’t see them,” Lt. Bussell said. “If you accidentally find yourself in the water and your feet are down, you can get caught in those strainers and that’s where that big drowning risk comes from.”

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