A deluge of news

Woonsocket is the latest South Dakota town to face a deluge of floodwater.

Prison inmates teamed with locals to place sandbags Thursday morning and Gov. Mike Rounds came to the town Wednesday night to check the damage. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin said Thursday she wants to see FEMA help communities prepare for high water before it pours into town.

Preventative measures must be taken, she said. Roads should be built higher and other steps taken to lower the risk of damage and destruction.

It’s been a soggy spring and summer is off to a sodden start. We’re raised to worship rain, but no one wants this much. Does the state do enough to prepare for flooding? Do counties and towns prepare or merely react?

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