DISASTERS: Nightmare in Rapid City

The tourist season was beginning and life in the clean, green freshness of Rapid City was turning busier after the relative quiet of a long winter and a welcome spring. Nestled in South Dakota's Black Hills, attractive with its broad business streets and wooded parks, the city of 44,000 people beckoned visitors to the nearby Bad Lands, the granite faces of Mount Rushmore, and the Old West where Wild Bill Hickok was gunned down at a card table and Calamity Jane lies buried. Then one night last week the rains began.

Up to ten inches fell in less than 24 hours....

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