Governor Noem Surveys Flood Damage


On Friday South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed an emergency declaration in the wake of the floods and snow that hit the state hard. Friday she also flew over the southeastern part of the state, visiting Yankton and North Sioux City. In Yankton, Noem met with Yankton city and county officials.

“I’m here to hear from you, and see what you may need as far as coordination of effort or supplies or resources,” Noem said in Yankton.

She shared her bird’s-eye view with KELOLAND News.

“In Pierre, they’re covered with snow, obviously, that’s a whole different world, in the central part of the state, as we move south, just everything is covered with water,” Noem said. “Roads are washed out, we saw bridges that were under incredible pressure from floe and ice jams.”

Noem says this highlights the counties which suffered the most. After visiting Yankton she headed to North Sioux City.

“We know that we still will see an influx of water to this area, we’re concerned about the levees, and I see the local community is building up their levees to be prepared for that,” Noem said in North Sioux City. “It’s going to crest around midnight tonight we believe.”

Sandbags lined the edge of the flooded Missouri River.

“We’re here to make sure they have the resources that they need, and to really make sure they’re prepared and then afterwards there will be damage, so we’ll be partnering with them on that emergency declaration to get federal funds,” Noem said in North Sioux City.  

Union County Emergency Manager Andy Minihan was also in North Sioux City.

“A lot of our roads are under water right now,” Minihan said. “We have a lot of township roads that are just in terrible shape, and we’d like people to stay off of those.”

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