The June Day that Changed Our History Forever

The 45th anniversary of the 1972 Flood is upon us. For some it brings back deep emotions and heartache. For others, they may have heard it happened once, but don’t think much about it and finally for some they might say, 1“What Flood? That happened here in Rapid City?”

Pennington County participated in the remembrance held at the Journey Museum on Sunday, June 4th, 2017. Don Barnett, mayor of Rapid City prior to the 1972 Flood the early recovery years after, also joined in and shared memories and thoughts on what happened that dreadful night. When you truly sit back and listen to the personal recounts of the horror it’s difficult to not feel some of the sadness.5

Many mitigation efforts have taken place since 1972 to help make sure this kind of tragedy never happens again. But we can’t rest and think, “we are good, we are safe now.” The earth has been experiencing changes for a long time, and it will continue to experience changes. These changes became disasters when people moved in. We have to do our best stay out of the way and learn how to mitigate.

Because our area is very susceptible to flash flooding, we would be remiss if we didn’t continue to talk about the dangers that exist and the steps individuals, families and businesses can and should take to help protect themselves.

Here’s a link to the pdf version of the presentation we shared on Sunday. There isn’t anything new or earth shattering, but watch it with your family. See what they know about the event? Did they learn about it in school? If not, discuss what happened so they know about the dangers that exist. 20

Today and in in the coming days, remember the events that occurred on June 9, 1972. Communicate with your family about what actions to take when you hear warnings for severe weather for floods or any kind of severe weather.

Preparedness, awareness and taking action are key steps when you hear warnings for a flash flood. This is a good page on our website to learn more about the  Emergency Messaging in use in Pennington County. Building an emergency kit is a great way to start.


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