Governor Says Though Flooding Not Probable, State to be Proactive in Watching River Conditions

Governor Dennis Daugaard (KGFX Photo)


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s Governor has reiterated that state officials will continue to monitor river conditions and flooding chances as winter wraps up and Spring gets underway. Last Thursday, Governor Dennis Daugaard announced that he had directed state emergency officials to work with federal and local entities to assess the potential for flooding along the Missouri River this year. He said the risk of flooding is not even probable right now, but with memories of the last minute notice of flooding in 2011 still fresh, he said that the state is going to be aggressive in watching flood indicators.

Daugaard said though mountain snowpack is high this year, other stats that factor into flooding don’t appear to be concerning at this time. For those reasons, he stresses there’s no need for panic…however the state will continue to be proactive in keeping an eye on the flood potential.

Daugaard says South Dakota’s Emergency Management officials will be in communication weekly with the Corps of Engineers and will not wait for the Corps’ monthly conference calls for information on river levels and other factors.

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