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Brown County Ready To Help Flooded Communities

June 18, 2014, 6:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Brown County Ready To Help Flooded Communities
ABERDEEN, SD -

After multiple years of flooding, communities in the northeast aren't the ones getting hit this time, but they could still play a part in the flood fight.

Aberdeen has more flood fighting equipment than it did ten years ago. Out of necessity, Brown County does too.

"We've added pumps and generators. We've increased our sandbag supply from years past," Brown County Emergency Manager Scott Meints said.

Both the city and county are willing to share those resources as other communities in the state fight rising water.

"A lot of the counties down there that are having the flooding now were up here in 2007 and ‘08 and ‘09 and ‘10 and assisted Brown County so we would be more than obliged to return the favor down there if they could use assistance," Meints said.

"Their resources, their help was invaluable; it just kind of gave us a peace of mind," Aberdeen City Engineer Robin Bobzien said.

In the past, Aberdeen faced flooding when Moccasin Creek, which runs through town, overflowed its banks. Neighborhoods also flooded when a downpour brought rain faster than the storm sewer system could get rid of it.

Given the experience those events provided for officials in the area, that's another resource the city of Aberdeen has.

"We have on different occasions sent out to help in different locations where they've needed our personnel, people that have specific expertise in different things and we'd be more than willing to do that again," Bobzien said.

The State has an inventory of the city's resources. Officials say they feel for those who might need to use them.  Brown County hasn't received requests for help yet. The emergency management office has been in contact with some flooded areas to offer.

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