"Surviving the '72 Flood"
On June 9, 1972, a line of thunderstorms hovered over the Black Hills of South Dakota and dumped up to 15 inches of rain in some locations over a span of only six hours. Massively swollen streams and creeks flowed swiftly and powerfully out of the mountains, slamming through everything in their path. Thousands of people in Rapid City lived and worked along the banks of Rapid Creek, at the foot of the Black Hills. When a flood surge struck the city that night, many people in the floodplain were unprepared for the scale of the disaster.