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City of Madison Officials Grappling with Sewer Sanitary Emergency

MADISON, S.D.-The city of Madison is urging residents to take the city’s current Sanitary Sewer Emergency seriously. If folks don’t, there could be some negative consequences for homeowners and even the city. Officials in Madison are relying on residents to limit water usage and make sure sump pump lines are routed to the streets and not into their floor drains….

The Latest: Pence to Survey Nebraska Flood Damage Tuesday

Fargo's mayor declares an emergency and asks residents to fill sandbags, Illinois and others brace for worst flooding in half-century

Gabe Schmidt, owner of Liquid Trucking, back right, travels by air boat with Glenn Wyles, top left, Mitch Snyder, bottom right, and Juan Jacobo, bottom left, as they survey damage from the flood waters of the Platte River, in Plattsmouth, Neb., Sunday, March 17, 2019. Hundreds of people remained out of their homes in Nebraska, but rivers there were starting…

Johnson Votes to Overturn Emergency Declaration

South Dakota's Representative Says Emergency is Wrong Approach

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The U.S. House voted to block President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall. The measure rejects Trump’s declaration that there is a national emergency at the southwest border. South Dakota’s lone U.S. Representative, Dusty Johnson was one of 13 Republicans who voted for the blocking action. Johnson says an emergency…

Recovering from 911 Shutdown

ELK POINT, S.D.-When the 911 service went down the morning of October 16th on the Eastern side of South Dakota, having a backup plan proved to be crucial. Services have since been restored, but at the time several counties dealt with a busy call signal when people called 911. Our Reporter Miranda Paige spoke with Union County’s Sheriff about how…

Panic Button Invented To Make College Students Safer

Handheld device alerts emergency contacts, 911

Experts say one in ten college students will experience sexual assault and many are at higher risk in their first few months at school.  So, what happens when a student is in danger of any kind, but they can’t call friends, family or even the police for help? A gadget invented right here in the Sioux Empire could soon come…

Lake County Looking To Revive Dive Team

The Lake County Commission narrowly passed a measure this week to bring back their dive team that the county disbanded just six months ago. Last fall, the commission said the team failed to comply with necessary paperwork regarding standard operating guidelines. For 28 years, Lake County has had a volunteer Search and Rescue Team for land and water emergencies. But…

Oroville Dam Causes Mass Evacuation in Northern California

DAMAGED SPILLWAY RISKS UNCONTROLLED FLOODING

Over 188,000 people in Northern California were ordered on Sunday night to evacuate to higher ground as the emergency spillway on the Oroville Dam is in danger of collapsing and unleashing uncontrolled flooding on surrounding towns. The dam is one of the largest in the nation, about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco. California’s National Guard plans to provide eight helicopters to…

Pilot Program Successfully Decreases Emergency Response Times

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When getting to an emergency, every second can be crucial to Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. That’s why they’re proud to say they’ve cut down response times by 11 seconds in the last few months. They say it’s all thanks to better communication between dispatchers and first responders. It’s the staff at Metro Communications who answer the…