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As flooding continues in the Midwest, western Corn Belt farmers grapple with submerged fields

CENTERVILLE, S.D. - At Tim Ostrem's farm near Centerville, South Dakota, a total of 225 acres of soybeans are completely underwater. Ostrem farms along the Vermillion River bottom.

"Anybody that had river bottom ground this year has lost it all," he said.

Flood waters have been sweeping their way across parts of South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota, with several parts of the region completely submerged. Ten to 15 inches of rain fell from Thursday, June 20, to Saturday, June 22, in parts of southeast South Dakota, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota. Totals exceeded 17 inches in some locations. The rains and resultant flooding have closed roads and forced evacuations and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said one person died as a result of the situation, though details were scarce on that incident as of Tuesday, June 25.


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