In March 2019, Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas were inundated with water. The combination of heavy rains and melting snow caused rivers, lakes, and ponds to overflow their banks sending gallons of water into the streets and unfortunately, into people's homes.

Sioux Falls received over 2-1/2 inches of rain. The rain combined with some major snowmelt causing widespread flooding in and around the city.

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Lots of Sioux Falls basements got flooded and had sewage backups. Sioux Falls city fire and police departments had to rescue people stuck in their houses and stalled vehicles.

"A historic storm system moved across the central United States March 12-14, 2019.  This storm system produced blizzard conditions, heavy rainfall, and severe storms. The rapid northward movement of warm air with this system led to extended periods of fog, but also rapid snowmelt in the region." - National Weather Service

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