One by one, motorcycles were rolled away from Klock Werks.
A day ago, some were in perfect showroom condition. After a powerful rainstorm blasted the region, their shine was lost.
Employees from Klock Werks arrived to their South Kimball Street shop Thursday morning splashing through multiple inches of standing water. From the parking lot into the shop and the showroom, Klock Werks has been devastated with water, much like the rest of eastern South Dakota.
“We start out each morning with a prayer,” said owner Brian Klock. “We’re going to do that again today.”
Klock, employees and friends gathered, prayed and devised a plan of action. First on the list was to push the custom motorcycles out of the building and onto drier ground. At least 25 bikes — some one-of-a-kind, others limited edition — flooded out.
Well into Thursday afternoon, the south-central portion of Mitchell near Klock Werks held significant standing water. Multiple blocks on First Avenue were closed as the city’s street department was working to find a solution for drainage. Nearby, Prestige Salon & Spa was asking for volunteers to help clear the basement of water.
Throughout the city, citizens and workers were honed in on the aftermath of the downpour.
“You can’t get upset about it,” said Scott DeSchepper, known as “Scotty D,” who was helping out at Klock Werks. “It’s just the way it goes.”
Brian Klock urged the city of Mitchell to work together and help each other out.
“I hope you rally around someone near you,” Klock said. “That’s the key. We’ve got this.”