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'We all should've been in therapy': Recalling the Black Hills Flood, 50 years later

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Seth Tupper
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SDPB
Kay Schriever was in a car with five other teenagers on June 9, 1972, when they were swept up in a flood surge near Rapid Creek. She survived by running up these fire-escape stairs on West Main Street in Rapid City. Three of the car's occupants died, including Schriever's close friend, Gayle Nemeti.

The attached audio above is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment.

The 50th anniversary of the Black Hills Flood of 1972 on June 9th is a time to honor the 238 lives lost. It also brings a flood of memories for survivors. Some of those survivors are telling their stories to SDPB. Every week between now and the anniversary, we’ll bring you one of those stories.

This week, we hear from Kay Schriever of Rapid City. She was in a car with five other teenagers near Rapid Creek when they were hit by a flood surge. Three of the teens died, including Kay’s close friend, Gayle Nemeti. When Kay went to identify Gayle’s body at a funeral home, there were so many victims that bodies were laid on sheets in a garage.


An SDPB documentary about the 1972 flood is in production now. Stay tuned for information about that this spring.