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Several people are gathered watching a piece of machinery working on houses destroyed by the 1972 flood in Rapid City.
Several people are gathered watching a piece of machinery working on houses destroyed by the 1972 flood in Rapid City.
Lon VanDeusen/Black Hills Knowledge Network Archives
June 9, 2014

June 9 Marks the 42nd Anniversary of the Flood of 1972

Many people in the Black Hills area are remembering today, June 9, as the 42nd anniversary of the Flood of 1972. Although the flood happened quickly, it devastated the city with the loss of over 200 lives. Many people living in Rapid City today have said it is a night they will never forget. For those who did not experience the night of terror, the resources listed below will help you learn more about the flood and its aftermath.

The Black Hills Knowledge Network's Flood of 1972 Archives has photos, government documents, and newspaper clippings of the flood.

Access the Rob DeWall Collection, South Dakota Oral History Interviews, and In Memorium of the Flood Victims from the Black Hills Knowledge Network.

Montana Dakota Utilities produced a video about the flood called Disaster: Rapid City Flood 1972 .

Twenty years after the flood, Dr. Keith Johnson produced a video to show the areas affected by the flood and how the area rebuilt afterwards. The videos are in two parts.

Part One - Dr. Keith Johnson Slide Presentation Rapid City 1972 Flood 

Part Two - Dr. Keith Johnson Slide Presentation Rapid City 1972 Flood 

If you remember the Flood of 1972 and would like to participate in the Rapid City Public Libraries' flood interview project, please email [email protected] or call 605-394-6139. We would also like to add your pictures to the Flood of 1972 archives. We will get your permission to post the pictures on-line, scan them, and then return them to you in the same condition.

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