Representative Johnson Tours Flood Damage


With damage across the state from last week’s flood, and more on the way, state officials are trying to figure out what to do next. Representative Dusty Johnson was touring some of the mess in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, and he has a message for everyone already struggling.

“This is bad. I mean, anytime you see damage it hurts your heart,” Representative Dusty Johnson said.

The day started with a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center, where only officials were allowed inside to discuss their action plan.

Representative Johnson saw first-hand what’s being done to handle the current situation, while looking ahead to next week.

“What I didn’t realize was how much water is going to be coming from the Big Sioux. I knew the flooding last week was bad, but the fact that we’re going to have flooding that is as bad or even worse in the days to come is something everybody needs to keep at the front of their mind,” Johnson said.

To see some of the worst damage, Johnson took a tour of the Leif Ericson Youth camp. Being right next to the Big Sioux River, this area is a swamp right now.

“Showed him the impacted buildings up in the front part of camp, and just kind of where the river was and showed him where the river got to,” Leif Ericson Camp Staff Ross Leonhardt said.

Thanks to the early weather reports and warnings from officials, there should be more time to prepare for the next round of flooding.

“So we know we have a lot of time to prep this week and get stuff moved as needed to higher ground as needed,” Leonhardt said.

“They are going to make sure that these communities are ready and I think citizens need to make sure they are also ready for the damage that is set to come,” Johnson said.

Johnson will be traveling across the state for the rest of the week.

To learn more about the city’s flood plan, head to the city’s website.

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