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I-29 reopens Friday after flood crisis averted

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The Army Corp of Engineers said it could become a record flood event.

But Friday, water levels on the Big Sioux River came up a bit short.

The river crested earlier than expected Friday, meaning flooding in Union County wasn't nearly as bad as expected.

A levee had been built across I-29 to divert floodwaters into McCook Lake. That levee has already been dismantled, but not before causing a headache for many travelers.

It was just after 2 o'clock Friday afternoon when South Dakota Highway Patrol reopened the interstate to traffic. The closure had some truckers counting the hours for it to reopen and businesses counting sales.

Goode-to-Go manager Misty Jungemann said "very busy, just we didn't have enough help to keep everybody satisfied. A lot of unhappy travelers, but we did the best we could and everybody walked out with a smile."

"We'll miss the business, but it'll be back to normal. We do get a lot of traffic in and out of here since it's summertime and everyone going on vacation. It was just a little overwhelming yesterday but we did really well," Jungemann said.

Business was booming but since I-29 is back open, now its business as usual.

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