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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…

Brandon’s New Mayor Plans for the City’s Future

BRANDON, S.D.-The City of Brandon’s interim mayor is now preparing for four more years of service. He won Tuesday night’s election. As he continues on, he has a lot of plans for his next term. Paul Lundberg has lived in Brandon for 29 years. The town has been good to him, so he is proud to hold the title as…

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…

City’s Drinking Water is Safe Amid Reports of Contamination

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The City of Sioux Falls is responding to recent reports of contaminated drinking water. They say the water is safe now after a contaminant was found in 2012. “As a water professional it’s one of those things during your career that you hope you never have to deal with a contaminant like this,” Environmental Engineer Tim Stefanich….

Crunch Time to Prep for Sioux Empire Fair

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Nine days of fun, food and rides are coming to the W. H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls.The Sioux Empire Fair is set to open August 3rd. This is the 79th carnival and they plan to have over 300 thousand people attend. Organizers have been working hard to put the fair together. “So we’ve been preparing year…

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…

Someone You Should Know: Silver Anniversary on Skis

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s a special day for a long-time water ski show in Sioux Falls. The team is celebrating independence day and their 25th anniversary with the biggest and best show they’ve ever put on. Our reporter Miranda Paige spoke to the man who’s kept it all going since day one. He’s someone you should know. Jim Bruns, Founder…

“No Wake” Zones Doubled in Dickinson County

OKOBOJI, I.A. – With 4th of July celebrations kicking off this weekend, it’ll be a wild weekend for Okoboji, Iowa. Plenty of families are packing up their boats and ready to take sail. However, recent flooding means watergoers will have to abide by a new rule. For the Foss family, the water is where all their stresses wash away. “It’s…

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…

Rescued By Deputy

Deputy pulls woman from sinking car in Minnesota lake

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) – A deputy went into a central Minnesota lake to rescue a woman from her sinking car. The Douglas County sheriff’s office says it happened Saturday night in a construction zone on Interstate 94 near Lake Latoka, southwest of Alexandria. The sheriff’s office says 76-year-old Beverly Toso, of Hoffman, couldn’t stop in time before she drove off…

Long Snow Season Causes Late Start to Mosquito Preparation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Due to the longer snow season, the City of Sioux Falls Environmental Health is in rush mode to prepare for mosquitoes. “You know we’re just around the corner from seeing everything change really fast, said Denise Patton, Health Program Coordinator. Usually by now they’d have spent several weeks setting up around 20 traps all around town, but…

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…

Flood Warning Issued on Big Sioux River

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Flooding continues to be a possibility on the Big Sioux River. Water levels have been high for the past week and now a warning has been issued from Dell Rapids to the Iowa Border. So far, flooding from the Big Sioux River has been minor, and hasn’t affected much. However, some farmers need to be aware of…

Officials Watching Out For Possible Future Floods In Mitchell

MITCHELL. S.D. – Davison county is watching the water levels closely. They’re rising and that means flooding is a possibility.   Many of the Mitchell-area lakes are at their banks. It’s impacting more than just casual lake-goers. Lake Mitchell is a beautiful place to, say, take your grandchildren for a stroll. However, Josh Frost of Mitchell says the rising waters…

Residents Still Without Water in Webster

WEBSTER, S.D.- Since Monday the citizens of Webster have been dealing with a water emergency. At one point everyone’s water was shut off. “So that was kind of just on a whim, like a phone call and I guess we’re just closed for the day,” said Kristen Marko, a server at Pereboom’s. Some water has since been restored, but people are…

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,…

Life Of A Wild Water West Lifeguard: Not A Walk In The Park

Lifeguard Go Through Hours Of Training, Audits Once A Month

With up to 250,000 visitors every season, Wild Water West trains 60 to 70  lifeguards each summer. While the perception is that lifeguards have a relaxing job, it’s anything but. They go through hours of training, and are audited once a month. On Monday, they received their first one of the season. Sadie Swier grew up going to Wild Water…