WAUBAY, S.D. (AP) – The northeast South Dakota city of Waubay is
being pinched on three sides by flooding lakes.
Mayor Kevin Jens tells the American News that several families
have moved out, and many others have water in their basements. He
says he’s working on getting state and federal assistance.
To the north, Blue Dog Lake is at a record level, engulfing
dozens of homes. To the west, Rush Lake continues to grow, and has
moved into the city limits. To the south, Bitter Lake also has
moved into city limits, forcing out at least 10 families.
Bitter Lake is three times the size it was in the mid-1990s,
expanding to more than 19,000 acres. Webster-area farmer David
Kuecker calls it a disaster.