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SD Interstate to Reopen as River Recedes

Updated: 06/20/2014 11:35 AM
Created: 06/19/2014 10:44 AM WDIO.com

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) - Crews have started taking down sandbags and other containers that were blocking a section of Interstate 29 in North Sioux City, South Dakota. They'd been put there as a temporary levee, as the Big Sioux River headed toward a crest that forecasters believed would set a record.

But the river -- which wasn't expected to reach that crest until tonight -- instead crested overnight, and at a level a couple of feet below the record.

Days of thunderstorms upstream had swelled the river, threatening homes and businesses in three states.

The temporary levee that was built across a section of I-29 forced motorists to make detours along country roads. But National Guard soldiers and state workers started dismantling the levee this morning. The governor's office says the highway should reopen later today.

Floodwaters are still blocking many of the roads connecting South Dakota and Iowa between Sioux Falls and Sioux City.

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