Rapid City remembers the tragedy and heroism of the 1972 flood on its 44th anniversary, reports the Rapid City Journal.
On the evening of June 9, 1972 the Rapid City area received more than 14 inches of rain, causing Rapid Creek to rise nearly 4 feet in the space of a minute in the Dark Canyon area. In Rapid City along the creek, both houses and businesses were destroyed from the rising waters. After all was said and done, 238 people had died.
Rapid City became the center of national attention as reporters, aide workers and public officials came to survey the damage and assist in the clean up. The legacy of the flood lives on in the cleared flood plain, our flood control measures, and the memories of those who lived through it and will never forget.
Pictures of the flood can be seen in this Rapid City Journal article.
For more information on the flood, please visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network news archive.