New Effington continues to fight off waterNew Effington, SD (WDAY TV) - Mother Nature has seemed to have a target on the town of New Effington, South Dakota and its surrounding areas this summer.
Mother Nature has seemed to have a target on the town of New Effington, South Dakota and its surrounding areas this summer. Rains have plagued fields, now they threaten the town. In the span of two weeks more than 18 inches of rain pounded that area. Tonight the fight to keep the town from becoming surrounded by water is on.
8 inches of rain hammered New Effington this week. That made the high water in the sloughs on the west side of town spill over. Now water is rushing towards town threatening homes, a school and the only way in and out of town...
It’s a race to save County Road 8 here in New Effington from eroding. It runs North and South through the small town. But everything to the North is already underwater leaving this spot the only way in and out....
Scott Bostrom – New Effington Mayor: "We’re trying to keep the traffic open, but were having a little bit of issues with washing out the edge of the tar."
All the water flowing over and under the road is all backed up to the West of town. The culverts can't handle the water. Clearly seen here creeping in to the backyard of Betty Carl's home.
Betty Carl – Lives in Town: "When I went to bed last night there was water there, but not up here. But its coming more and more all the time."
Carl, who's lived in town since 1963, has never seen any rain wreak this much havoc on her small town.
Betty Carl: "No never. Never saw anything like this."
Water sits just inches away from some homes in town. Sandbags surround the school. Crews are even digging a trench 3 city blocks from the East to the West side of town, a crucial step to move water out.
Doug Gutzmer – New Effington Fire Chief: "Oh, its gonna be huge. Because the water is coming to the railroad tracks and just stopping."
This area is part of the Red River water shed. All this water will drain in to the river reaching Fargo-Moorhead in the next few days. So tonight, there's fear, but hope Mother nature will hold back her watery fury..
Betty Carl: "I'm just scared we’re going to get more."
Luckily no one has evacuated the town and homes have stayed dry. Volunteers from Sisseton High School came to help sandbag. The water is steadily going down and people were able to keep the school dry and keep the road from washing out.