1. [Southeast quarter, southeast quarter, section 35, township 1 north, range 7 east] Observed rise of water in Rapid Creek near place of business; Evacuated to high ground on Omaha Street and returned to home in Canyon Lake area about 3 a.m.; Depth of water in business place; Damage to building; Loss of inventory; Effect of flood on tourist industry.

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  2. Formation of Mayor's Indian Welfare Coordination Committee; Problems establishing committee's credibility; Functions of committee; Examples of discrimination against Indians; Problems of Indians who lost their homes in the flood; Opinion of proposed parkway on flood plain.

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  3. [Southeast quarter, southwest quarter, section 8, township 1 north, range 7 east] Home flooded by water in short period of time; Mr. Corwin in attic when house broke up, clung to piece of roof; Swept down creek, circled Canyon Lake three times, went over top of dam; Sucked under water several times; Was stranded in tree when Canyon Lake Dam broke; Escaped to high ground on Jackson Street by working from tree to tree; Reasons home was destroyed.

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  4. [Southwest quarter, northeast quarter, section 9, township 1 north, range 7 east] Rise of water; Escaped to attic where roof collapsed; Floated downstream in inner tubes; Mr. Bruns stranded in a tree and Mrs. Bruns on debris; Rescue and subsequent search for each other; Mrs. Bruns' treatment at St. John's Hospital.

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  5. [Northwest quarter, southwest quarter, section 9, township 1 north, range 7 east] Rise of water near home; Heard evacuation notice about 10:30 p.m.; Family tried to evacuate in car, trapped by water rise of approximately four feet; Car engulfed by water; Escaped from car into neighbor's house; Climbed onto roof; Observed destruction of homes around them; Water began to recede about 3 a.m.; Damage to home; Financial situation.

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SD Oral History Center 1972 Flood

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A collection of interviews conducted by the South Dakota Oral History Center in the month after the 1972 flood that devastated Rapid City and the Black Hills region.

Interviews were recorded on reel-to-reel tapes and are currently available at the…


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A collection of interviews conducted by the South Dakota Oral History Center in the month after the 1972 flood that devastated Rapid City and the Black Hills region.

Interviews were recorded on reel-to-reel tapes and are currently available at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

For more information and archives pertaining to the 1972 Flood, please visit the Rapid City Public Library's website at rcgov.org/Library/

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