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SD Crews reopen I-29 after flood threat ends


Some in Siouxland are now assessing the damage, cleaning up flooded basements and removing sandbags from their homes.

Many who live along the interstate are breathing a sigh of relief.

Less than 24-hours after scrambling to put up barriers along the interstate Thursday, crews were back here Friday morning removing them.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation, with help from the national guard worked to get the interstate back open between North Sioux City and Vermillion.That meant tearing down those industrial-size sandbags called Hesco barriers and all the dirt that was moved in to protect the interstate from the Big Sioux River.

The last step, reinstalling the guardrails.

By 1:45 traffic was moving in both directions.

Officials are still tallying up the total cost of their efforts, but say it was better to be safe than sorry.

Ron Peterson, South Dakota DOT Area Engineer:"It was something new for our highway folks to do this yesterday. It is just as rewarding for them as it is for the people in the community to see that they're not flooded, our stuff isn't all wet. It's win-win for everybody when we can see what we accomplished worked.

These crews weren't the only ones busy.

Homeowners in McCook Lake also spent the afternoon undoing the work they did to protect their homes Thursday.

And, we'll go inside the Riverside neighborhood, where one street was turned into a berm.

Even though the threat of flooding has diminished they're not taking any chances.

Learn why neighbors say the city plans to keep it up all weekend long.

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