JoAnn Emerson



JoAnn, her Mother and Father and the Collins family of five spent the evening of the Flood on the roof of their business, Black Hills Egg Producers. Friday was normally a distribution day for the business and the coolers were full of thousands of dozens of eggs. The combination of broken eggs, mud and water provided a considerable challenge when cleaning up after the Flood. JoAnn credits the incredible help of the Rancher Cooperative who came in with stock trucks and wheelbarrows to assist. Because of their generosity, they were back in semi-operation six days after the Flood.


February 14, 2012


Janet Parr


Rapid City Public Library, “JoAnn Emerson,” Flood of 1972, accessed May 24, 2022,