Drivers need to be watch for water coming over roads with warmer weather


DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (KELO)– Warmer weather is creating some more flooding. Water is starting to go over some roads in Minnehaha County.

Drivers need to be on the lookout for road closes signs.

“A few weeks ago we had all the roads closed for flooding and everything has opened up, however, with the recent warm temperatures everything is melted up north and I think we’re making one last push of the water coming down our way so we have closed a few roadways again,” Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Scott Dubbe said.

The sheriff’s office says you could start to see water come over the roads in other areas as well.

“Any spot where the Big Sioux is crossing over the roadways you could see some more road closures along there,” Dubbe said.

In Dell Rapids, the water is near Rick Williams’ home, but he’s not expecting it to get much closer.

“Started lowering a hair overnight and then we had the surge come through in the middle of the night,” lives in Dell Rapids, Rick Williams said.

So he’s taking advantage of Friday’s weather to do some cleaning up from previous flooding last month.

“The aftermath of the flood brings down so much debris, it gets caught in the yard and in the trees and the fences and stuff that afterwards you’ve got a major cleanup, just to get everything back in shape again,” Williams said.

So while Friday’s temperatures are a happy sight, make sure to keep a watch for potentially flooded areas.

“Obey the traffic road closed signs, we closed them for a reason, especially at night time if you’re driving around, if it rises in the middle of the night you might not be able to see that as well, so just use extra caution,” Dubbe said.

Dubbe says flooding shouldn’t be as bad as what the area saw last month.   They’re hoping the road closures don’t last long.  

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