flooding

Too Much Rain at the Wrong Time For Local Church

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s been a wet year. Between the flooding in March and more rain this week, some Sioux Falls organizations say they can’t catch a break, including Hilltop United Methodist Church off Bahnson Avenue. While there’s no flooding in town, it’s a matter of too much rain at the wrong time.  Staff members are looking forward to dryer…

Portions of I-90 Opening Back Up After Flooding

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation is advising motorists that Interstate 90 westbound is open from the Bridgewater Exit 357 west and remains closed from Humboldt Exit 379 to Bridgewater Exit 357 with through traffic detoured at Sioux Falls Exit 396  to northbound I-29. I-90 Westbound is open from the Marion Road Exit (395) to Humboldt for…

Extensive Flooding Causes Damage in Madison

MADISON, S.D- Heavy rainfall has caused extensive flooding across eastern South Dakota. In Madison they received almost 12 inches of rain over the past couple days. Neighbors off North Prairie Avenue in Madison are all pretty close. They get together for the fun times, but are also there for one another on the tough days. Water is flowing through the…

Heavy Rains Inundate Region Closing Roads, Schools

SOUTH DAKOTA – With close to a foot of rain reported in some areas over the past 48 hours, major roads are closed and evacuations are once again underway as rivers rise, fields and waterways flood, and sewer systems are overwhelmed. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is updating via social media its most up-to-date road closures. As of early Thursday…

Custer Cleans Up After Heavy Rain, Flood Shut Down SD City  

CUSTER, S.D. – Residents of Custer are cleaning up after what an emergency services official calls a hundred-year flood that shut down the southwestern South Dakota city. The National Weather Service says thunderstorms stalled over Custer on Friday afternoon and dumped more than 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain in 2-3 hours. Rainwater swelled French Creek, causing severe flooding that…

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…