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FEMA Assesses Flood Damage at Lake Poinsett

LAKE POINSETT, S.D.- FEMA officials are finally getting a chance to assess water damage in the Lake Poinsett area. It comes after high winds and waters have backed off in recent weeks. Now that help could be on the way, many are looking to the future with a little more hope. The waves on Lake Poinsett have calmed down compared…

Strong Winds Create Flooding Concerns at Lake Poinsett

LAKE POINSETT, S.D.-It’s been a tough couple weeks for folks at Lake Poinsett. They’ve dealt with rain and flooding and now they’re being hit again by mother nature. Strong winds are creating big waves on the lake. Some of the waves are crashing hard against shorelines. A big concern right now for residence is protecting homes and businesses. A local excavating…

City of Sioux Falls Proposes Buyout for Homes in Floodplain Area

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- After one neighborhood got hit hard by spring flooding, the City of Sioux Falls could be buying some of those homes. Last week, neighbors received a letter from Sioux Falls Planning and Development Services about a buyout proposal. Back in March, folks near Lotta and Rose Street off Minnesota Avenue experienced intense flooding that caused terrible damage…

Flooding Creates Extra Hurdle for Sioux Falls Family

SIOUX FALLS ,S.D.- It’s been an overwhelming few weeks for homeowners who have had water in their basements from flooding. For one Sioux Falls family, it only adds to a list of hurdles they’re facing. On March 20, the Krausman’s home felt more like an island. There were a couple feet of water in their backyard, and around 10 inches…

Crews Monitor Conditions of Levee Around Big Sioux River

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Four years ago a project to raise the levees in Sioux Falls was finished. The current high levels in the Big Sioux River may test those levels. So crews with the city of Sioux Falls are monitoring the flood control system carefully. It involves a levee or wall made of clay that wraps around the river to help prevent…

Flood Response Efforts Continue in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  As the Big Sioux River rises, the City of Sioux Falls is focused on protecting homes and businesses. The Big Sioux River should crest around 3 a.m. Tuesday. River levels are expected to stay high for 7-10 days. City officials ask that people stay away from the river as well as closed parks and the bike trial…

Extra Hands Help With Flood Prep in Sioux Falls

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-While people in Sioux Falls have banned together to help each other prepare for another flood,  the city has also brought in an international organization to help out. When a community is in need Team Rubicon steps in to help. They are a volunteer disaster relief organization led by military veterans. “Every community is going to have…

Inmates Help with Flood Preparations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-With more possible flooding on the way, some inmates from the South Dakota State Penitentiary are pitching in to help out around Sioux Falls. Since 1996, the state’s department of corrections has had a system in place for inmates to help out with different disasters and projects. On Tuesday 24 minimum security inmates helped fill sandbags for the…

Cliff Avenue Greenhouse, Leif Ericson Day Camp Recovering After Flood

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-The staff at Cliff Avenue Greenhouse off 26th St. had already been working hard preparing for their busy season when the flood hit. Two of their growing greenhouses experienced flooding. One with the water thigh high. “It was terribly, terribly heartbreaking, you know just all that hard work and everything that was happening. It was terribly hard to…

Flash Flood Leaves No Time To Prepare in Brookings County

BROOKINGS COUNTY, S.D.- The rain came in fast in Brookings County with up to 8 inches of rain in some areas “When they said the word flash they actually mean flash flood cause when I was out the water was going through the culverts at such a high speed it was gushing out almost like a waterfall,” said Bob Hill,…

Residents Clean Up After Floods in Armour and Parkston

ARMOUR & PARKSTON, S.D.- Another round of rain means more flooding. Several towns across Eastern South Dakota have been dealing with excess water all day. KDLT’S Miranda Paige went to Armour and Parkston. Water runs through the streets of Armour. “You know in all honesty, I think that I haven’t really seen this go over like this before. This is…

Windom Declares State of Emergency Due To Flooding

WINDOM, M.N. – Major flooding continues to rock Southern Minnesota. The Windom city council held and emergency meeting and declared a state of emergency on Friday. “We knew we had a historical event on our hands,” said Paul Johnson, the Cottonwood County Emergency Manager. Windom is a charming town with family-friendly attractions. However, when you look around, you just see…

Governor Dayton to Visit Southwestern Minnesota Communities to Assess Recent Storm and Flood Damage

Governor Dayton, Senator Smith, and Congressman Peterson will visit Lyon, Murray, and Redwood counties to assess storm damage and meet with local community members

ST. PAUL, MN – On Friday, July 6, 2018, Governor Mark Dayton. U.S. Senator Tina Smith, and U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson will visit communities in southwestern Minnesota to assess flood damage caused by recent severe weather. Visits will include the City of Slayton, the City of Walnut Grove, the City of Balaton, and surrounding communities. Governor Dayton, Senator Smith, and…

Flooding Causes Issues for Residents in Rock Rapids

ROCK RAPIDS, IA- In northwest Iowa, Lyon county has received the brunt of the rainfall with the city of Rock Rapids experiencing the serious flooding. They’ve received almost five inches of rain within the past 48 hours. Parks and farmland were submerged in water due to flooding from the rock river. It rose more than 18 inches barely missing major…

Melting Snow Creates Flood Conditions

WATERTOWN, S.D.- Now that it’s starting to warm up, that means all the snow and ice from this long winter is melting. This is causing some flooding in South Dakota, especially in Watertown at Lake Kampeska. The lake is 32 inches above full right now. While this is only minor flooding, it’s causing headaches for some residents. Dennis Stolberg has…

So Far, Improvements Have Washed Away Problems At Flood Prone Intersection In SF

49th Street & Louise Avenue Is The Only Intersection In The City With Water Sensors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– On days like today, one of South Dakota’s busiest intersections would be pooling with water. Forty-ninth Street and Louise Avenue had the tendency to flood even with small amounts of rainfall. But with new improvements, are city officials noticing a difference? KDLT’S Jill Johnson has more on how they’re keeping the water at bay. In heavy rainfall,…

Official: US Insurance Program Could Pay $11B For Harvey

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the National Flood Insurance Program says early estimates are that Hurricane Harvey will result in about $11 billion in payouts to insured homeowners, mostly in southeast Texas. Federal Emergency Management Agency Deputy Associate Administrator Roy Wright said Wednesday that would put Harvey as the second-costliest storm in the program’s history, after only the more…