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City Tells Residents: Stay Away From The Water

June 18, 2014, 11:44 AM

City Tells Residents: Stay Away From The Water
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Fast-moving rivers attract on-lookers but don't get too close to the water. That's the message from Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. 

Heavy rain this week added to the water rushing along the Big Sioux River and Skunk Creek. Parents are asked to talk with your kids about the dangers of swift river currents and avoid playing near floodwaters. City officials also urge residents to stay clear of the river and its swift moving water.

Caution tape is up around some areas of Falls Park.  Visitors should stay on the open paths and not walk on the rocks near the river.

Drivers are also reminded to avoid driving through water as your vehicle may stall.  Just over six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.  More than 24 inches of water can push a vehicle off the road.

Sioux Falls Public Works employees continue to work against swelling sewers after Monday's heavy rain.

"We are continuing our efforts to empty storm water holding areas in preparation for additional rainfall," Public Works Director Mark Cotter said.

Crews are working to clear the system ahead of forecasted rain Wednesday evening, starting by investigating and removing obstacles that impact the sanitary sewer and storm water drainage systems. Street department crews are surveying street infrastructure, checking manhole covers and removing debris from storm sewer inlets.

Portions of the bike path system are still under water while park crews attempt to remove debris and downed tree branches from parks.

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