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Drivers ignore barricades, drive on flooded roads

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — It’s hard to imagine that underneath the rushing water on West 12th Street in Sioux Falls, is a road, a park, and even fields. But now Skunk Creek is overtaking part of the road, leaving many drivers having to find alternate routes. Christina Hendrickson is one of them.

“I tend to take the interstate to come here, but I saw it was backed up so I’m assuming there was a lane closure because of flooding. So, I had to go east across the interstate but then the highway was flooded. So, I came back, I took Highway 17 which was fine,” Hendrickson said.

Hendrickson commutes to work from Lennox. She said West 12th was completely clear this morning.

“I came in on Highway 17 and West 12th here and I was totally fine and that was time that maybe 7 in the morning,” Hendrickson said.

Now, barricades block off a flooded West 12th Street from La Mesa Drive to Sertoma Avenue. Hendrickson said you won’t find her plowing past the cones, but that didn’t stop some drivers from pushing their luck.

One truck passed through the barricade but stopped as it approached the rushing currents. The driver made the final decision to still drive into it. Another car also drove through the racing waters, tossing a street cone to the side to pass.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Sioux Falls

While there, KELOLAND News saw police, fire trucks and rescue boats heading to other parts of town to help people.

Hendrickson hopes West 12th is dried out by next week.

“I use this road to get to work here. I have to keep that in mind. I mean, I guess Monday should be low by then hopefully,” Hendrickson said.

People who live in this area hope it happens sooner than that.

The city is reminding everyone that flooded streets are dangerous, and can lead to serious injury. If a road is blocked off, find a different route.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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