June 07, 2019

Sunday's Memory Walk Events Recall 1972 Rapid City Flood, Importance of Preparedness

The annual Memory Walk events, recognizing the impacts to the community of the June 9, 1972 flood, will be held Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park. The annual Memory Walk events, recognizing the impacts to the community of the June 9, 1972 flood, will be held Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park.

Rain, rain and more rain:

EMERGENCY RESPONDERS TO SPEAK ON PREPAREDNESS AS

FLOOD PREDICTIONS RISE WITH LOCAL CREEKS

RAPID CITY — Jim Bussell, Rapid City Fire Department and Dustin Willett, Pennington County

Emergency Management, will speak at Friends of Rapid City Parks’ annual Memory Walk at 10

a.m., Sunday, June 9, at the Memorial Park Bandshell. The event commemorates the city’s tragic

1972 flood and celebrates the park system that grew in its wake.

Snow melt, heavy rains and local flash

floods highlight the importance of

remembering the conditions that gave

rise to the disastrous flood nearly 50

years ago. Bussel and Willet will

discuss the historic role of emergency

responders in the 1972 flood, and how

preparedness has changed since then.

Following the talk, a loop through

Memorial Park will include a stop for

remembrance at the monument that

records the names of the 238 flood

victims.

The annual walk is made possible by Friends of Rapid City Parks members, and support from

the Remembrance & Renewal Flood Anniversary Committee. The mission of Friends is to

protect the legacy of the city park system preserving the greenway, and remembering those who

lost their lives in the 1972 Black Hills Flood.

The first 50 participants in the walk will receive a commemorative t-shirt. All are invited to join

Friends for a box lunch.

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