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Published August 17, 2011, 07:20 PM

New Effington battles summer flooding from heavy rain

New Effington, SD (WDAY TV) - There is a race to keep the town of New Effington South Dakota from becoming an island. An unprecedented amount of rain has fallen the area over the course of two weeks. Over flowing sloughs threaten homes, a school and the only way in and out of town.

There is a race to keep the town of New Effington South Dakota from becoming an island. An unprecedented amount of rain has fallen the area over the course of two weeks. Over flowing sloughs threaten homes, a school and the only way in and out of town.

Its a mad dash in town here to save County Road 8 from eroding even more than it has. Water literally threatens to surround the entire town of about 230 people. City officials tell us, in the span of two weeks parts in and around town received about 15-18 inches of rain. At least 5 pumps around town are pumping water from the West to the East side and out of town. Sandbags were also placed around the school to keep the water from creeping in to it.

So Far, no homes have been flooded and no one has been evacuated. Less than two weeks ago the North side of town flooded from heavy rains. Now its the South and its crucial people here keep County road 8 open.

Mayor Scott Bostrom – New Effington: "We’re just wondering who, why is everybody picking on us? This North East corner of Roberts County and even the southern part of Richland County. This summer it’s just been rain after rain."

This area down here is part of the Red River water shed. So in the next few days all this water will be making its way up through Fargo-Moorhead.

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