City of Sioux Falls prepares for severe weather

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We’re watching and waiting to see who gets the rain- and when. 

On the night beat, KELOLAND’s Dan Santella looks at the City of Sioux Falls’ preparations.

We met with City Engineer Lance Weatherly next a storm pond on the east side of Sycamore Avenue. The city has been working to get rid of brush.

“With the forecast, we’ve been proactive this week about going around and looking at our storm pond structures and other drainage structures, our culverts, removing any debris that might potentially be inhibiting that flow of drainage,” Weatherly said.

Like many of us, the city is watching the forecast closely.

“We’re prestaging pumps in certain locations with that, and also going around, and like I said checking the number of culverts and other things. We have crews on, personel on standby on the weekend and overnight,” Weatherly said.

“Pre-staging” means to have a pump set to go. When it comes to flooding concerns, Weatherly says the rate of rainfall matters.

“It all depends on the intensity of the rainstorm. If you get four inches of rain over 24 hours, versus you get four inches of rain over a two hour period, are totally different. So we’re watching it,” Weatherly said.

There are several ways you can stay up to date on the changing weather. One is with our KELOLAND StormTracker app.  It’s free for your smart devices.

Another way to stay safe is to make sure you have a weather radio.

This weekend, our meteorologists will be at Hy-Vee on 26th and Marion from 9 to 11 a.m., selling and programming weather radios.

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