Water woes

Posted May 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

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By Julie Ann Madden

Thursday, May 2, The Akron Hometowner joined S.D. Department of Transportation Yankton Area Engineer Rod Gall and his crew as they surveyed the Big Sioux River flooding on S.D. Highway 48.

Just west of the Iowa-South Dakota bridge is the S.D. Highway 48’s lowest point between the bridge and Union County Road No. 3, Gall explained, and the flood waters were still rushing across the roadway about 3 inches in depth.

For at least one-half mile, not only has the asphalt shoulder washed away from the asphalt portion of the highway, but the highway’s concrete section has been undermined at least to the center yellow line and uncovered concrete culvert seams are leaking, possibly every seam of the multitude of culverts under the whole highway, explained Gall, adding that although he’s only been based at the Yankton office for four years, many longtime employees have reported they have never seen the roadway underwater this long or destroyed this badly.

“Mother Nature always wins,” said Pat Renken, Security National Bank Akron Ag Representative. “She’s undefeated.”

“And unpredictable,” said Connie Blake, Security National Bank Market President.

(See complete story in this week’s Akron Hometowner)

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