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Greenway Days honor lives lost in Rapid City flood

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RAPID CITY, SD (KELO) — Sunday marks the 52nd anniversary of one of the deadliest floods in U.S. history.

On this day back in 1972, a thunderstorm stalled over the Black Hills; the heavy rain overwhelmed Rapid Creek and caused Canyon Lake Dam on Rapid City’s west side to burst. 238 people died in the flood that also caused millions of dollars in damage.

In an effort to prevent the future loss of life during natural disasters, the City prohibited new commercial and housing developments along the banks of Rapid Creek. Instead, the area was turned into a greenway filled with parks and hiking and biking trails.

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This weekend, the Friends of Rapid City Parks is hosting Greenway Days to honor the lives lost in the flood as well as to celebrate the outdoor enjoyment the greenway has provided the community over the past half-century.

Sunday’s events include a disc golf tournament, a creek cleanup, and a memorial 5K walk.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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