June 29 2011

Flash Flood Claims two lives near Lower Brule

Posted by Lucy

 Flash Flood Claims two lives near Lower Brule

 

Creeks and dams overflowing from three days of heavy rain caused flash flooding throughout Lyman County last Tuesday and Wednesday. Two people died Tuesday morning, June 21 around 10:00 AM when their vehicles drove into a washout on BIA 10, also known as 329th Street, just north of the intersection with SD Highway 47 about 9.9 miles north of Reliance.Gwen L. Michalek, a 56-year-old Chamberlain woman was found in her car about 100 yards downstream from the crash site. The other victim, Ellen E. Wright, age 61, of Lower Brule, who was driving a van was found about four miles downstream from the crash site. Neither victim was wearing a seatbelt. Heavy rainfall washed out a culvert taking a section of the roadway with it leaving a 30 foot deep gap in the road The vehicles separately drove into the washout and were carried downstream in the rushing water. Lyman County Sheriff, rescue, and ambulance along with Presho, Reliance, and Chamberlain fire departments and Lower Brule law enforcement, fire and ambulance responded to the accident site and assisted in the research and recovery. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. Businesses, farms and residences along the creek from Vivian to Oacoma were inundated by flood waters. Lyman County Sheriff and Emergency Management coordinator Steve Manger said that in addition to heavy rain showers, a dam north of Draper reportedly washed out and helped fuel the flooding of Stony Butte and Medicine Creek. See this week's issue of the Lyman County Herald for more story.


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