50th Rapid City flood anniversary nears, public asked to share their experiences for input about commemoration

Published: Mar. 2, 2022 at 5:07 PM MST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - 100 days from Wednesday will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Rapid City flood, and the Journey Museum would like to properly commemorate and document the history by including unique perspectives.

Two open houses will be held for those who were impacted by the flood to share their input on how they’d like the 50th anniversary event to go.

The 1972 flood claimed 238 lives and injured thousands.

Troy Kilpatrick, Executive Director of the Journey Museum, says 50 years has given the community time to rebuild, heal and move forward.

He says since the tragic event, many things have been implemented to make sure it doesn’t happen again, “in terms of how we are zoned, how the community has been built, what kind of alert systems are in place. We’re looking to educate all the way from the start.”

Kilpatrick says the Rapid City flood is considered not only a local tragedy, but a national one. He encourages those affected to come to the open houses in March to share their experiences. Those are scheduled for March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Journey Museum and Learning Center and March 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Rapid City Public Library.

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