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Viewing The Falls from a safe distance

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Spencer Wahl and his daughter Emmie visited Falls Park Monday morning to look at the fast-flowing falls.

“It’s probably the most raging I’ve ever seen them,” Wahl said.

The Sioux Falls dad viewed the spectacle from a safe distance.

“We don’t want to risk anything by trying to get too close,” Wahl said.

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There are several places to safely admire the falls, including the viewing tower and sidewalks.

“I know people want to go out on the rocks and stuff, but when you start getting close to the river the rocks are very slippery, especially when wet,” Sioux Falls Fire Rescue division chief of operations Garett Dulaney said.

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It only takes one slip to fall in, and it could be a challenge for rescuers to catch up to you.

“The water’s moving so fast, that if you do fall in, you’re going to be down and over the falls and on your way down the river,” Dulaney said.

In addition to staying off the rocks, visitors should also stay out of barricaded areas as the city assesses the flood damage and cleans up.

Even from a distance, it was easy for Wahl to see Mother Nature’s strength.

“That’s a lot of power that’s flowing through the water right now,” Wahl said.

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Written by: The Dam Rock Station

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