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STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER Thune: More floods coming?
Sen. John Thune has sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate requesting clarification on the June 1 flood in progress date for the National Flood ... Posted on 6/28/11 at 4:29 PM
There’s a well-known cliché about adversity: It doesn’t build character; it reveals it.
The character of people in the Missouri River basin was revealed to be tough, self-reliant and persevering last spring and summer as floodwater threatened our lives and property.
DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. – Response workers are continuing to repair an erosion problem identified on a section of the Dakota Dunes levee Thursday morning.
To facilitate those repairs, Exit 1 on Interstate 29 was temporarily closed. That exit has been re-opened to traffic.
PIERRE — Flooding in Pierre and Fort Pierre is “imminent” and people should prepare to evacuate within 48 hours.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard warned residents of the growing flooding risk Thursday. The Missouri River is rising and will soon inundate parts of both cities, the governor said.
It’s beginning to look a lot like flood season.
“Watch your sump pumps,” said Mike Gillispie, hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. “There’s going to be a lot of water starting to try to soak into the ground.”
Gillispie said flooding is likely to begin occurring on both Firesteel Creek and the James River near Mitchell this weekend as snow across the region melts because of warmer temperatures. The severity of the flooding will depend on the amount of precipitation received in the coming weeks.
Meteorologists are warning South Dakotans that flooding is on the way, sure as the warm sun will eventually — at least we assume — break through the gray sky and melt the mounds of snow that highlight this region’s landscape.
After years of drought, it’s been plenty wet in eastern and central South Dakota the past two years. Last winter was one of the worst in recent times, with heavy snow dominating the weather pattern until spring. Heavy rains then followed.
The Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee is considering installing a pipe in the lake to lower its level, reduce flooding in the area and deal with other potential problems.
The committee, which met Tuesday afternoon at the Recreation Center Conference Room, heard a presentation from committee member Bob Sebert on a proposal to install a 24-inchdiameter drawdown pipe on the north side of the spillway. The pipe would dump into Firesteel Creek.
Federal Emergency Management Agency official said Friday that there is a 98 percent chance of minor to moderate flooding this spring on the James River, with at least a 50 percent chance of major flooding.
Matt Buddie, National Flood Insurance Program specialist with FEMA in Denver, urged local officials and residents to be prepared.
It might be a typically frigid South Dakota winter, but Jim Montgomery’s worried about it getting warmer in a hurry.
Montgomery, Davison County’s emergency management director, sees the piles of snow all around Davison County and knows what that may mean if there is a sudden spring thaw: flooding.
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