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Custer cleans up after heavy rain, flood shut down SD city

August 4, 2019

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — Residents of Custer are cleaning up after what an emergency services official calls a hundred-year flood that shut down the southwestern South Dakota city.

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms stalled over Custer on Friday afternoon and dumped more than 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain in 2-3 hours. Rainwater swelled French Creek, causing severe flooding that prompted road closures and some evacuations in Custer.

Custer County emergency services director Mike Carter says he closed the city of Custer until late Friday night, not letting anyone in or out. Carter estimates the town’s population of nearly 2,000 swelled to more than 7,500 with the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally nearby.

About 700 residents lost electricity, but power is back. Carter says at least a dozen people had to be rescued from the water, but no one was hurt.

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