August 03, 2023

Public Reminded to Heed Advisories, Warnings Ahead of Summer Storms

A downtown street floods after a flash storm event in June 2020. A downtown street floods after a flash storm event in June 2020. (City Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)



RAPID CITY, SD--Throughout the summer season, forecasts often call for possible heavy rains with possible flash flooding. 

       With the potential for severe weather and possible flash flood impacts, City, county and weather service officials advise the public is advised to remain attentive to weather forecasts paying special attention to flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings. 

        Quick, heavy rains or persistent rain over a lengthy period can produce flooding in low-lying bike path areas. Flash flooding may occur on city streets. Rapid City/Pennington County Emergency Management officials and City fire department officials remind the public not to drive cars through flooded streets. Pedestrians are advised not to walk, jog or bike through flooded bike path areas.  It takes only a few inches of fast-moving water to sweep a person off their feet and you do not know what obstacles lie beneath the surface of the flooded water. 

       City Storm Water crews closely monitor storm drainage systems around town should forecasted heavy rains materialize.   Officials encourage residents to stay out of drainage systems and use precaution around Rapid Creek. 

       In the event of flooded basements and home areas, Public Works officials remind the public it is unlawful to discharge storm water into the City’s sewer system. The public can pump water into their yards, into the gutter of the street or into the storm drains.

         National Weather Service and Pennington County Emergency Management officials advise the public to be attentive to weather statements and recommendations issued by federal, state and local agencies through NOAA weather radio, media, social media, website and online application options.

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