DISASTERS: In Time of Need

Perhaps it was because it happened out there in the sparsely populated range country, where the frontier spirit lingers and distance, paradoxically, draws people together. Whatever the reason, something remarkable has taken place in Rapid City, S. Dak., since the Black Hills town of 44,000 was devastated by flash floods. In the disaster caused by torrential rains and the collapse of Canyon Lake Dam, more than 200 died, another 500 remained missing and some 1,000 houses were destroyed. The damage passed $ 100 million.

The ravaged town's needs were tremendous. About 80 blocks of paving had been ripped up by...

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