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FEMA Warns of Scams, How to Handle Rejection Letters

It may seem we are quickly moving away from the harsh realities of this past winter and spring, but the devastating effects of crop and livestock loss, and damage to homes and businesses from floodwaters linger for many. As FEMA centers open across the state to assist residents with claims for federal recovery assistance, Pam Saulsby, of FEMA, offers some…

Minnehaha Co. Residents Affected By Flooding Granted Individual Assistance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Citizens of Minnehaha County whose homes were affected by spring flooding might now be eligible for individual assistance through FEMA. This is due to the rain and snow storms the area endured from mid-March to late April. Minnehaha County officials say Disaster Recovery Centers will be set up later this week. The centers are walk-in facilities…

City Stops Flow of Untreated Wastewater Into River

QUIMBY, Iowa – Authorities say a city’s untreated wastewater no longer is flowing into the Little Sioux River in northwest Iowa’s Cherokee County. The Iowa Natural Resources Department had said a sewer main break was reported Monday morning by the town of Quimby. River flooding has kept repair crews from finding the break and fixing it, allowing more than 15,000…

Floods Creating Problems For South Dakota State Parks

LAKE ANDES, S.D. – Flooding continues to create problems for state parks around the Sioux Empire. North Point Recreation Area, near Lake Andes, has dealt with flooding since the mid-April snow storms. Conditions have gotten worse since then due to heavy rains, with beaches, campsites, and other amenities under water. Right now, much of the park is inaccessible. Lake Francis…

Detours Back as Flooding Closes Western Iowa Roads

HAMBURG, Iowa – Motorists in southwestern Iowa are back to traveling a maze of detours as a new round of flooding closes portions of Interstate 29 and other highways and roads. Those thoroughfares had only reopened in recent weeks following devastating flooding along the Missouri River in March. On Wednesday, the Iowa Department of Transportation said that I-29 is closed…

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…

Yankton County Roads Still In Tough Shape

YANKTON COUNTY, S.D.- It has been a little over a month since flooding from the snow melt rattled the KDLT viewing area. Fast forward to today, and rural roads in Yankton County still are travel not advised. Even for some folks who live on these roads, they still cannot make it home with their vehicles. “To some degree there are stories…

Rivers To Rise Again After Latest Winter Storm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Mike Gillispie at the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has been a busy man over the last month. He is the head hydrologist, and monitors the levels and forecasts of our rivers. Our latest winter storm is going re-swell our rivers that have receded just a bit. “As temperatures starting warming up again next week, that…

Flood Meeting Postponed Due to Pending Winter Storm

FEMA will be in North Sioux City Tuesday night, Brookings meeting for Wednesday will be rescheduled

Three flood assistance meetings were scheduled this week in eastern South Dakota in the wake of spring flooding. The first was held Monday night in Sioux Falls. Dozens showed up to learn about their options for recovery. City officials also questioned during that meeting, how many home and business owners in areas that consistently experience flooding might be interested to…

Senator Rounds Meets with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

YANKTON, SOUTH DAKOTA- Senator Mike Rounds is worried about more flooding along the Missouri River. That’s why he plans to keep the lines of communication open with the Army Corps of Engineers. He met with officials Wednesday. The Army Corps of Engineers manages dams along the river. When Rounds was governor back in 2011, flooding from Gavins Point Dam in…

Flood Waters Finally Receding

RENNER, DELL RAPIDS, S.D.- There were noticeable changes today driving through the Renner, and Dell Rapids areas. Water levels have been dropping over the last week along the Big Sioux River and other creeks. It is just about time for cities like these to start coming up with a cleanup plan. The stretch of 258th street through Renner was still…

Sioux Falls Flooding Update: Sandbag Drop off, Falls Park Opening

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Just as the city provided an area for folks to fill their sandbags, they now are providing locations to drop them off. Starting at 8am tomorrow citizens with unused sandbags will be able to dispose of them. Locations for drop offs will be at Riverdale Park, Tomar Park, and Sherman Park. All three of these parks are…

Couple Rescued From Flood Waters in Lac Qui Parle County

MADISON, Minn. – Sheriff’s deputies have rescued two people stranded in flood water in western Minnesota. Lac Qui Parle County sheriff’s officials say the man and woman drove around a road barricade near Madison Thursday afternoon and attempted to drive through flood water. A strong current pushed them into a field where water was rising quickly inside the vehicle. Deputies…

Flooding Could Impact Start of Mosquito Season

SOUTH DAKOTA -A lot of folks have been wondering about the correlation between our current flooding and upcoming mosquito season. The bad news, aside from the flooding itself, is that this increases our chance in seeing an uptick of mosquito numbers early this summer. This time around, our flooding may have come at the right time. Denise Patton spoke with…

Warmer Temperatures, Better Prices Signal Hope for Farmers

The forecast is higher prices and drier days ahead for our farmers. Neither can't come soon enough.

Things were already tough for farmers across the nation when the trade war escalated this past fall. A brutally cold winter and now a devastating wet spring have only compounded the problem for growers and producers locally. With calving season underway, the cold and the snow and now the floodwaters have been a deadly mix for many ranchers. But there…