More Evacuations On Cheyenne River Reservation Could Be Coming

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Emergency evacuations are underway in one KELOLAND community due to dangerous flooding. 

The Moreau River on the Cheyenne River Reservation in north central South Dakota is experiencing record-breaking flooding and it continues to rise.  

Officials there have declared a state of emergency as responders are scrambling to get people and livestock out of harms way. 

Earlier Wednesday a couple of people on the Cheyenne River Reservation were evacuated by helicopter after their homes became quickly surrounded by high water. 

Dozens of others were evacuated ahead of time. 

Right now people are using at least 20,000 sandbags to build a makeshift dike around the small village of White Horse to protect infrastructure and the community.

Dozens of roads and bridges are underwater.  Cattle are stranded on small islands. But the tribal chairman believes there will be more rescues yet to be made. 

We probably had like 10 more families who are still in their homes which is between the mouth of the Moreau River to the community of Whitehorse and I think it’s going to even flood more east of the community probably 10 more miles,” Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier said. 

Governor Noem toured the area earlier this week.  Her office says a swift water response team is on standby there.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also sent a sandbagging machine to the reservation.

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