Steve Runholt



Steve was 11 years old the evening of the Flood living on Sheridan Lake Road at the backside of Storybook Island. He and his father were stuck in their home by rising flood waters. His father saved his life after a car plowed through the floor of the home pinning Steve between a refrigerator and the roof. Steve's father and Steve eventually made it through the Flood by clinging to trees and calling for help. They could hear Millie Dieter, who lost her husband and daughter in the Flood, calling for help as well. They were all eventually taken in a boat by rescue workers to safety.


May 14, 2012


Heide Noblitt


Rapid City Public Library, “Steve Runholt,” Flood of 1972, accessed October 7, 2022,