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1972 Flood - In Memoriam

The Rapid City Flood Memorial, located within Memorial Park, stands as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragic flood of 1972.

Below are the names of the people who died in the June 9, 1972 flood, as compiled by the city of Rapid City. 238 people perished in the flood, including the 5 missing. That number also includes three National Guardsmen, three firefighters, seven airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base, one police reserve officer, and other rescuers.

Original text from the 1972 memorial service for flood victims

Portraits and bios of flood victims are available in the 1972 Flood Collection from the online digital archive.

We need your help - we would like to have a photo of each flood victim. If you have one available for digitization please contact the Rapid City Public Library.

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