Richard Rieck checks his foundation where water leaked in overnight
Many of the county roads coming into Worthing have opened up as the flood waters have receded, but for many of the homes and neighborhoods It's a completely different story. With flooded parks, cars, trailers, and streets; Worthing is just struggling to keep its head above water.
"I've been here 24 years and I've never seen anything like this out here!" said Richard Rieck. Waters have inundated the street outside his home and left the neighborhood both stranded and soaked. Rieck's neighbor, Lacee Feltman says it's a a situation she can't escape. "That black Taurus there is ours," pointing to a car that's half submerged at the end of the street. The swamped car is only the beginning of Lacee's growing damages. Like many of her neighbors, half of her home is now submerged.
"We tried to get things as high as we could but when the water came, it came fast. It was first we had an inch, then all of a sudden we had a foot, and then it was waist deep." said Feltman.
Across the street, Richard is trying to salvage what he can from his basement after his sump pump failed to keep up. With the water table was so high, water began trickling through cracks in the foundation.
"There were little spots little sprinklers would start popping out because the water outside was up to here!" said Rieck.
Right now, Richard's backyard is a lake, which makes his pool look out of place. Despite the widespread chaos of mother nature, some can still find a silver lining amid this bleak situation.
"At least we didn't get the tornadoes that other people did we are trying to find the bright side and we are happy that we still have a house it's wet but it's still there and we are all safe and that's all we can be thankful for." said Feltman.
With more rain in the forecast, others are taking a more biblical approach to storm planning.
"Everything was flooded, what you do? Build an ark?" said Rieck.
The city of Worthing has rented dumpsters to help people get rid of damaged items from the flood they are located across the street from Otis Bar and Grill on South Dakota Highway 44.