Lake Kampeska Residents Asked To Limit Water Use

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Watertown officials are looking forward to water levels dropping off in the near future. But for now, they’re still asking people who live around Lake Kampeska to follow a few guidelines to save everyone from a big mess later.

Earlier this week, people in Watertown were asked to monitor their water use and be careful how their drainage was being routed. Now, city leaders are asking for a little more caution.

We think that the flows have come back up because we have some houses that are taking on water, and they may have floor drains that are draining the whole lake basically into the sanitary sewer system. So we’re still trying to get a handle on that. We’re asking people to limit their use of water at the lake, but that’s only at the lake, said Watertown Mayor, Sarah Caron. 

We do have staff walking door to door trying to find all them places to let people know what they can do to help with that problem, said Brad Howell, Sheriff, Codington County.

Lake Kampeska is leveling off, but not dropping yet.

We see that the river flows have started to recede. We hope that we’ll be able to open 10th Avenue very shortly. That’s the road that leads to our hospital, so we want that to be open, said Caron.

These three say it’s really touching to see how the community is coming together.

They’re still working hard at the lake, trying to protect everyone’s property. Neighbors are helping neighbors and it’s an incredible sight to see and I hope that we’re going to make it through pretty dry, said Tim Toomey, Assist. Chief of Police.

That’s been really wonderful. It’s heartwarming really, to see the response, said Caron.

Everybody came together to help sandbag throughout this whole week. We’ve had people donating water and supplies and equipment, so it’s been a great, great thing, said Howell. 

Watertown Police shared this update on Facebook about sandbags: 

There is sand and sandbags still available at the following locations:

• City of Watertown Street Department 730 Arrow Avenue 
• Outdoor Swimming Pool 825 3rd Street SW
• Lake Kampeska @Sailboat Landing 200 block of North Lake Drive
• The intersection of Kemp Avenue and Kampeska Boulevard

There are 2700 filled sand bags at the Extension Center for anyone who needs them. Help yourself!

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