Tribe Feels Forgotten As Flooding Brings Misery To Struggling Community

“Help has been slow to arrive to White Swan after severe flooding compounded long-standing social and economic inequalities “

“WHITE SWAN, S.D. — Chad Medicine Horn starts each day mopping his bedroom floor and bleaching the walls to kill the fresh black mould.

A few hours later, the floor is once again soaked by groundwater seeping into the converted basement that he shares with his four-year-old grandson. They spend afternoons trying to stop the murky water soaking their double bed and few surviving clothes and toys with squeegee mops donated by the Red Cross.

Upstairs, Chad’s mother, Christina Selvin, 75, spends most days on the couch in pain from arthritis and kidney cancer, too sick to escape the toxic mould spores.”

Nina Lakhani reports for the Guardian November 29, 2019.