A group of staff and volunteers at the Rapid City Public Libraries are seeking flood interviewees 40 years later.
Forty years ago, about 200 flood survivors gave audio interviews sharing their stories of survival and loss. The Rapid City Public Libraries are seeking out these interviewees in an effort to obtain permission to digitize these interviews for their flood website and archive. A list of individuals who are still being sought is available on the 1972 Flood site.
The 2 mile Memory Walk will take place Sunday, June 9th in commemoration of the 1972 Flood in Rapid City.
This Sunday will be the second Memory Walk to commemorate the 1972 flood. The walk begins at Sioux Park and ends at Mountain View Road. This year, the walk will include a demonstration of smart phone technology: QR codes that link to web-based information. The Rapid City Public Libraries are developing the material and links to the flood archive.
In observance of the 41st anniversary of the Rapid City Flood of 1972 on June 9th, a collection of photographs will be on display at the downtown library.
Throughout this past year, the Libraries’ team of staff, interns, and volunteers has worked diligently to digitize photos, newspaper articles, film, radio and news broadcasts and as a result, have assembled the most comprehensive source of information regarding the 1972 Flood.
A Rapid City Public Librarian recently helped locate the owner of a 1968 class ring that was lost during the 1972 Rapid City Flood.
Rapid City Public Librarian, Leanna Bussell recently located the owner of a 1968 class ring that was lost over 40 years ago during the 1972 Rapid City Flood. The ring was found by Neil Ramlow while he was working for a salvage company after the flood. According to the Rapid City Journal article, Neil held onto the ring but had always wanted to locate the original owner.
Pow wow and Wiping of the Tears ceremony remember those who lost their lives in the flood of 1972.
Billy Good Voice Elk Junior, a Lakota spiritual advisor, consoled those who attended ceremonies at the Mother Butler Center in rememberance of the 1972 flood. Don Loudner, a member of the South Dakota National Guard in 1972 who helped rescue people that night, offered memories.
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After the flood of 1972, park land in Rapid City grew substantially. Now, as more businesses and buildings are being developed in the green way some concerns are being raised.
Without the tragic Flood of 1972, Rapid City would have a much smaller amount of park land. Running through the center of town is an enormous greenway, a direct result of the devastating flood. This region now features Memorial Park, the Executive Golf Course, Central High School, and the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Recently even more amenities have been added to the greenway such as the Rapid City Swim Center and Roosevelt Ice Arena.
Rapid City continues to restrict development in floodplain areas 40 years after the flood.
Forty years ago a massive flash flood destroyed homes and took the lives of 238 residents of Rapid City. For this reason, the city of Rapid City continues to restrict development in areas near the floodway or the area where the water would flow in a flood. If the city did not have these regulations in place, residents would not be eligible for flood insurance, according to the Rapid City Journal article.
Retired Rapid City lineman remembers working nearly around the clock to make sure customers were safe.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, June 8, 2012
Mayor Sam Kooiker
Mutch Usera, Director of External Affairs & Sarah Folsland, Communications Manager
Rapid City and Black Hills area communities rallied to recover from the historic events of 1972, and those efforts included the Black Hills Power linemen (now referred to as line mechanics) who were charged with restoring electric power after the devastation.
Jack Naugle, retired lineman, remembers working nearly around the clock to make sure customers were safe.
Flood survivor Todd Burgess wants to ensure that the city does not pursue any development along the floodplain of Rapid Creek.
Flood survivor Todd Burgess wants to ensure that the city does not pursue any development along the floodplain of Rapid Creek. To remind the community of the flood's devastation, he has volunteered his graphic design company to make educational signs along the city's bike path that follows the creek. To read the full article, follow the link to the Rapid City Journal.
Read up on events for the 40th anniversary of the Black Hills Flood and first-hand accounts.
Preparations are underway for three days commemorating the Black Hills Flood of 1972 that devastated Rapid City and surrounding areas. The Rapid City Journal lists events happening on June 8-10. The Journal also shared memories from flood survivors.
Residents share stories of the Flood of 1972 at Journey exhibit opening and online through the library.
"Mega Floods: The 1972 Awakening" opened May 6 as an exhibit at The Journey Museum. Set to run through August 10, this is part of the museum's programs to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Flood of 1972.