The City of Sioux Falls is telling people in and around town to prepare for historic amounts of water. Hydrologist Mike Gillespie with the National Weather Service says with warm temperatures headed our way for the weekend, we are going to see a rapid melt of the snowpack in the area.
“We got a lot of water out of the Skunk Creek basin with the floods we saw in town last week but we are still looking at a widespread four to as much as eight inches of water in the snowpack north of Sioux Falls in the Big Sioux Basin as well as the Split Rock basin,” Gillespie said.
Gillespie says the amounts of water coming down the Big Sioux will be like nothing we’ve seen in the past 50 years.
Marco Patzer with Cherry Rock Farms is busy keeping water away from his property.
“We were pretty nervous with our house and stuff but all the greenhouses, the house and the market stayed dry,” Patzer said.
Surrounded by the Big Sioux and Split Rock Creek, Patzer says he’s always watching the weather and right now doesn’t want to see any more rain.
“Well we were wondering when we saw the water coming up, we were wondering if the season was going to be over too. Honestly, we don’t have any crops in the field. That’s a good thing. If it’s going to flood, now is a good time for it to happen,” Patzer said.
That’s because Cherry Rock Farms just started planting in the greenhouses. These are the beginnings of what will be delicious tomatoes. A long winter has the family running a bit behind.
“Quite a bit later. It was so snowy, so cold the first part of March and that’s usually when we really start to ramp things up was the first of March or so. We just kind of waited a couple weeks. We’re a couple weeks behind,” Patzer said.
Patzer says customers won’t notice once they open for business. He says the farm is blessed to have escaped the recent flood and is hoping to avoid any future disasters.
“It could have been much worse obviously. It could have been bad,” Patzer said.