Are We Getting More Water From The North?


With more melting and flooding in the forecast one can only wonder will people in the south be getting any water coming from up north?

Things seem rather quiet up north in Hamlin County last Friday. KELOLAND’s Max Hofer spoke with Director of Emergency Management and they Mayor of Castlewood to check in on things.

With plenty of snow still covering Hamlin County. You might be wondering where all that water will go once it begins to melt.

“It’s hard to tell right now because everything is snow-covered and frozen, you know, I can’t honestly say, but, you know, we have this amount of snowfall on a regular winter – the Big Sioux, it doesn’t take long for it to fill up and start flooding,” Mayor of Castlewood Brian Ries said

“The only issues we’re really seeing at this time is that water is moving some of that snow and that slush builds up on roads – that it’s over-topping some roads. Other than that, we’ve had to close one county highway at this point, and that’s just because of slush, not damage to the road,” Director of Emergency Management David Schaefer said.

But that’s not to say some water hasn’t been a problem.

“At 30 degrees, you know, you can see it starting to melt, water’s coming in places, and the water has to go somewhere and even in town we’ve had some reports already of water going in basements the other day from the warmer temperatures so now with the new blizzard and more snowfall, it’s just going to eventually add up,” Ries said.

But that’s nothing compared to what’ going on down south.

“We’re not seeing the issues like we’re seeing south of us or even way north of us in North Dakota. You know, our issue is, again, that rain that has saturated that snow and that slush is starting to move over roads,” Schaefer said.

“We’ll deal with what comes, but we’re not at that point yet, and, whatever happens, we’ll deal with it when it starts,” Schaefer said

And it may be starting a lot sooner than expected.

Castlewood is located just west of the Big Sioux River, which is expecting record flooding over this coming weekend.

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