1. Involved in body search and rescue following flood; Debris removal with heavy equipment; Dogs used for body search; Discovered body June 26, 1972; Estimation of depth of water.

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  2. [Northwest quarter, southeast quarter, section 3, township 1 north, range 7 east] Rapid rise of water about 11 p.m.; Flooding of home; Spent 1 1/2 hours in boat outside home; Water coming from south down Woodland Drive toward creek; Damage to home; Thoughts on flood warnings; Thoughts on future building in flood plain; Observation of water and debris.

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  3. Circulation Manager, Rapid City Journal; Observation of water at 5th, 6th and 7th Street bridges and West Boulevard bridge about 10:15 p.m., June 9; Flood warnings; Flood waters in area of New York and 6th Street about 12:30 a.m. and rescue work in that area; Problems encountered while using power boats for rescue purposes; Arrived at newspaper plant 6:30 a.m.; News people and photographers from U.S. and abroad; Comparison of water to that in previous floods.

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  4. [Southeast quarter, southwest quarter, section 8, township 1 north, range 7 east] Rapid rise of water in Braeburn Addition; Evacuation of Bice family and neighbors; Observation of flood waters and destruction in Braeburn Addition; Personal possessions recovered; Mr. Bice's rescue activities; Neighbors who perished in the flood; Praise of Ron Stephenson, many individuals and organizations.

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  5. [Southeast quarter, southeast quarter, section 6, township 1 north, range 7 east] Forced to return to Rapid City from Girl Scout campout at Robaix Lake because of rain - difficulties encountered in driving back; Description of rainfall and estimation of amount of rain which fell; Observation of flood damage upon arriving in Rapid City at 4 a.m.; Assistance received by Milton Deisch, whose trailer was destroyed; Comment on Mayor Barnett.

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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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