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Condo owner recalls '72 flood: 'And pretty soon they wouldn't scream anymore'

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Seth Tupper
Dick Knecht talks about the 1972 Black Hills Flood, when he was trapped in a condominium near Rapid Creek.

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 9 is a time to honor the 238 lives lost, and 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 Dick Knecht. The modern location of Cliffside Park along Rapid Creek in western Rapid City is the former site of his Cliffside Condos. He went out to check on the property on the night of the flood.

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