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Major flooding at Wolf Creek Colony

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    The turkey barns at Wolf Creek Colony are among many buildings flooded by the breach of the dike along Wolf Creek Sept. 12.

Although the Freeman community escaped much of the heavy rains that fell across the region Wednesday night, Sept. 11, the storms that hammered areas north and west – the city of Mitchell, for example, received around seven inches overnight – have created major flooding at Wolf Creek Colony located ten miles west of Freeman. Water in Wolf Creek was already high from the heavy rains that fell Tuesday, Sept. 10. Thursday morning, there was growing concerns about the rising water. Midmorning, the water breeched the dike that helps protect the colony buildings, including homes and equipment, sending a torrent of water across the low lying areas of the colony. The rush of water pushed through a emergency secondary dike under construction by Knodel Contracting of Freeman. With the flood of water, those efforts were abandoned. By midafternoon, the water was about a foot below the bridge that crosses Wolf Creek on the south side of the colony. Friends and relatives from other Hutterite Colonies began arriving late morning to offer assistance. That included offers to help relocate residents of Wolf Creek Colony. School was dismissed at noon at Wolf Creek as well as the neighboring Tschetter Colony. Freeman Public School Superintendent Kevin Kunz said the administration will be reviewing the situation but it appears that there will be no school at Wolf Creek for the foreseeable future. Watch for more on this developing story here in upcoming days.