Black Hills flood

Black Hills flood

The Black Hills Flood of 1972, in the Black Hills of Western South Dakota, USA, occurred on June 9, 1972. The extreme rainfall of around convert|15|in|mm of rain in 6 hours sent Rapid Creek and other creeks overflowing and flooded many residential and commercial properties around the Black Hills. During the night of June 9, the Canyon Lake Dam became clogged with debris and failed, resulting in 238 deaths and 3,057 injuries while several bodies were never found. [cite web | title = The 1972 Black Hills-Rapid City Flood Revisited | publisher = United States Geological Survey | accessdate = 2007-10-15 | url = http://sd.water.usgs.gov/projects/1972flood/] There were over 1,335 homes and 5,000 automobiles destroyed for a cost over $160M in 1972 dollars.

References

*http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs-037-02/

External links

*The Rapid City Public Library offers an [http://www.rapidcitylibrary.org/lib_info/1972Flood/index.asp online digital archive] which collects audio and video recordings of survivors, written accounts and photos from survivors, as well as news broadcasts from the 1972 flood.


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