The June 1972 Black Hills Flood and the Law

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  • Ray Jay Davis J. Reuben Clark Law School Brigham Young University Provo, Utah

Abstract

An effort to increase rainfall by seeding clouds near Rapid City, South Dakota on June 9, 1972, was followed hours later by a flash flood that caused loss of life and property damage. A state inquiry concluded that weather conditions beyond human control brought about the flood. A lawsuit filed against the federal government was dropped after a court ruled that the case did not qualify as a class action. Nonetheless the flood interfaced with flood hazard mitigation law, weather modification regulation, legal liability, and governmental immunity.

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