March 17, 2010 - Area Flooding

Water, seen here standing in an alleyway in Menno, could be seen standing in and around Menno Monday afternoon, March 15. Melting snow and recent rains have caused drainage problems throughout the county.

Water from the James River crept up as close as the playground equipment at Our Savior's Lutheran Church south of Menno Monday afternoon.

Water from the James River flowed freely over 431st Avenue six miles south of Menno Monday afternoon, forcing the closure of the road. Several roads throughout southeast South Dakota were closed due to flooding last week.

A field on the south side of Highway 18 east of Olivet was one of several flooded plains in the area Monday afternoon.

Olivet City Park was thoroughly flooded by the James River Monday afternoon. Water and ice flowed rapidly south thanks to the recent melt and rains.

The picnic shelters at Olivet City Park were some of the obvious victims of recent flooding on along the James River.

The bridge on Highway 18 east of Olivet frames the flooded James River as it carries water and chunks of ice southward past the flooded camp sites at Olivet City Park.