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Sioux Falls City Officials Update Water Situation

June 17, 2014, 10:42 AM by Jaine Andrews

Sioux Falls City Officials Update Water Situation
Courtesy Anne Hajek

SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether is telling city residents to stop dumping waste water from sump pumps into their sewer drains.

In addition, residents are being asked to stop watering their lawns until the rains stop. According to Mark Cotter with the Sioux Falls Public Works Department, crews are going through the city to clear away blocked storm drains and replace missing manhole covers.

"The system is slowly catching up, but we've got a long way to go," Cotter said.

Don Kearney with Sioux Falls Parks and Rec is asking people to stay away from the sides of the Falls at Falls Park until the water goes down. In addition, Yankton Trail Park and Spencer Park are closed because they have been flooded. The restroom at Cherry Rock Park has been closed because it is prone to flooding. Parks & Rec crews are also going through City parks to clear away downed limbs.

Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel says the department was very busy Monday with 23 stalled vehicle and 20 accidents along with traffic hazards and electrical hazards. Seven fires also broke out across the city in the past 24 hours. The roof of one structure collapsed in the heavy rains.

Jim Sideras, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says the department answered multiple fire calls. Sideras also reminds city motorists not to drive through water on flooded roadways, saying a car was swept off the interstate just east of Sioux Falls. Sideras is also asking that people stay back from the banks of the Big Sioux river throughout the city. It is also important to avoid walking through the flood waters. Parents are asked not to allow their children to play in the water that is pooling in a number of areas throughout Sioux Falls.

City officials are reminding people that more rain is being predicted this week and that the situation could again reach emergency status. Sioux Falls has also provided thousands of sandbags to area communities experiencing flooding.

The Minnehaha County Emergency Operations Center is open and staff is prepared to handle issues as they arise. Residents in need of assistance are asked to call 211 for help.

Flooding problems in Minnehaha County continue in Valley Springs, Brandon and Garretson.

The Big Sioux river is expected to crest Tuesday evening in Sioux Falls.

See storm photos from across the area 

Keep updated with the latest on the forecast from the KELOLAND Live Doppler HD Storm Center

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