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Pierre, Fort Pierre Make Plans For Flood Clean Up



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City officials in both Pierre and Fort Pierre are requesting help as they get ready for a weekend of flood clean up.

Water levels on the Missouri River continue to drop as releases from Oahe Dam are lowered each day. Residents plan to begin dismantling sandbag walls Aug. 27 and 28. Officials say it will take the help  of 400-500 volunteers to remove more than 2 million sandbags in the two cities.

So far, more than 90 residents have requested help in cleaning up their property. Officials say many of them are elderly or disabled and can’t do the work themselves. Anyone who wants to volunteer is asked to call the Flood Recovery Hotline at 605-224-1189.

The staging area for volunteers is in the Riggs High School foyer. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on each clean up weekend. Volunteers should report to the staging area initially for a brief training and to receive their assignment.

Volunteers should bring items that will be helpful for removing debris, including gloves, shovels, rakes and wheel barrows. A second clean up weekend will be held over Labor Day weekend. Volunteers will also be needed in evenings during the week.
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