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Rapid City flood plain continues to do its job


Following a devastating flash flood Rapid City comes up with a solution that has held strong to this day.

The flash flood that hit Rapid City on June 9, 1972 was one of the worst floods in us history.

In the aftermath of the flood the city came together with the federal government to create a buyout of those living in flood prone areas.

The result were the flood plains and parks you see today, which have done exactly what they are supposed to do while creating a nice environment for park goers.

" Don Barnett, Leonard Swanson, and others who said no more homes, no more lives will be lost again and created this space and left it open was visionary and brilliant and in fact friends of Rapid City Parks is devoted to keeping this space green, " said  Suzanne Martley.



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