Duane Grosz


Written Memory


June 10, 2009


My name is Duane Grosz and I experienced the 1972 flood first hand.At first I was involved with a scuba diving club that was looking for bodies in submerged vehicles.

I was a city employee at the time and was asked to dive at the Rapid City Water Treatment Plant to unplug the large pumps in the sump room.These pumps sucked water from Rapid Creek to supply Rapid City with potable water, and were continually plugging up from all the debris.This required 8 –10 hour days for several weeks diving in zero visibility water to keep the pumps running.

It brought back memories when I saw my picture on the Rapid City Library web site under the “Then and Now” pictures by Keith Johnson.



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