STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER How highâ€™s the water?
Weather continues to be a major story in southeast South Dakota. According to the National Weather Service, Thursday night's storm means this is the wettest July on record in Mitchell.
The forecast ca... Posted on 7/30/10 at 4:07 PM
After four hours hanging from a tree as floodwaters rushed beneath his feet, Andy Brand was ready to give up.
Brand, 27, and his friend Joey Casper, 26, were dangling from a tree after Rose Hill Dam, an earthen structure northwest of Wessington Springs in Hand County, gave way to floodwaters early Friday. “The water was rushing so fast,” Brand said from his mother’s home in Miller Friday night. “I couldn’t have lasted another 10 minutes.”
The Davison County commissioners continued fine-tuning the 2011 budget Tuesday during their regular meeting at the courthouse in Mitchell.
With the assistance of Sheriff David Miles and Jail Administrator Don Radel, the commissioners made some snips that were satisfactory to both offices.
Two watershed project managers say efforts to clean up the waters of Firesteel Creek and Lake Mitchell will continue, regardless of what happens to the Firesteel Creek/Lake Mitchell Watershed Project.
The project’s funding is scheduled to expire June 30. Dave Kringen, the project manager, said an April 5 meeting about the project’s future should answer many questions.
The end could be near for a watershed project that many believe is the best hope for reducing algae levels in Lake Mitchell.
Funding for the Firesteel Creek/Lake Mitchell Watershed Project is due to expire in June. When that happens, state environmental officials want to roll the Firesteel Creek/Lake Mitchell project into the Lower James River Watershed Project.
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