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Sioux Falls close to setting rain record in 2018

September 28, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls is close to breaking its record for the most rain in a year, according to a meteorologist.

The city had received 34.3 inches of rain from January 1 through Wednesday, the Argus Leader reported. It is on track to surpass the nearly 38.3 inches it received in 2010, which was its wettest year on record, said Jeff Chapman, a Sioux Falls meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“If we get normal precipitation for the rest of the year, we will have a record year,” Chapman said.

The local weather service office issued more flood warnings this year than any other office in the U.S.

The wet weather has caused trouble for the construction industry.

“It’s about as tough a year as you can get, and I know everybody is behind,” said Jim Soukup, of Soukup Construction.

The 2018 construction season was also affected by the 70 inches of snow that fell last winter. April set a record for snowfall in Sioux Falls.

Many construction projects have faced delays this year because the April snowfall because it made it difficult for crews to make progress early on in the season, Soukup said.

Soukup’s crews made up for delays by working on Sundays, he said.

“We’re South Dakota tough,” he said. “We’ll get through it.”

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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