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Flooding damage and repair costs could linger in SD for years

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    Gravel and dirt roads, including this one in Lincoln County, are critical transportation routes for agricultural producers and residents of rural areas in southeastern South Dakota. Recent flooding has left many either washed out or impassable due to soft, rutted conditions.. Photo: Nick Lowrey

Recent extreme weather — and possibly more to come — has caused flooding that decimated eastern South Dakota farms and its rural transportation network. As a result, significant costs await townships and counties that already face fiscal challenges, possibly leaving some roads never fully repaired.

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