Flooding at Keystone sends residents to higher ground - KOTA Territory News

Update: Flooding conditions stabilize at Keystone and Rapid City


Update 11:00 a.m.

The rain has lightened and conditions have stabilized in the Keystone and Rapid City areas.

Those in low-lying areas are still on requested to keep watch on changing conditions. The voluntary evacuation is no longer in effect.

There is minor flooding on roadways in Rapid City and Rapid Valley. We encourage residents to be mindful of changing conditions.


  • The bike path and walking paths near Rapid Creek are closed.


  • Do not try to cross a flowing stream on foot. You can be pushed over by flowing water only six inches deep!
  • Do not drive through flooded areas. Flood water can wash a vehicle from the roadway and the road under the water may no longer be intact. If you are driving, watch for flooded bridges and low areas in the road. NEVER drive through water if you don't know how deep it is. Your vehicle can be swept away by flowing water only a foot or two deep. Be especially cautious at night when flood waters are difficult to see.
  • If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Rising flood water may engulf and sweep it away.
  • Do not let children play around or near fallen trees and or debris.
  • Be cautious around fallen or partially fallen trees.
  • As schools start to open remind your children to stay away from all downed power lines.
  • Additional Safety information will be going home with  students


The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 1" additional rain this morning. Heavy rain, melting snow and strong winds are expected to bring down compromised tree limbs and may result in flooding and downed power lines.  Please prepare your family. 

  • Stay away from all water ways
  • Do not go near down power lines
  • Remind your children to stay away from downed power lines


If you have questions or need resources for storm-related issues such as debris removal, electrical repairs, roof damage, basic needs such as food, shelter, or animal removal from agricultural properties, dial 2-1-1. Callers experiencing emotional distress can also call for listening and support or to find counseling resources. Agencies needing volunteers, and volunteers wanting to help, should dial 2-1-1 for assistance.

(Original Story)

The city of Keystone and surrounding areas are currently experiencing heavy rainfall leading to rising creek levels and flash flooding. Residents in these areas are asked to move to higher ground and stay away from rising creeks. Please heed the warning of response agencies and act quickly.


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