Another area where the water is on the rise is in Watertown. KELOLAND’s Whitney Fowkes went to the city to see how officials and neighbors are bracing for the worst and hoping for the best.
Over the past few days, the Big Sioux River has been flooding into Watertown. But now, the city is more concerned about the lake.
“We’re currently 24 inches, two feet above full right now, and there’s still a lot of water to be coming down that river to move that lake level up. So, we want lake residents to be prepared for those types of situations,“ Don Rowland said.
As the city re-focuses its efforts, crews are worried about homes in the area.
“We still have a great deal of ice on the lake and that could do significant damage to unprotected shorelines, so do what you can to armor your shorelines,“ Sarah Caron said.
Mayor Sarah Caron is asking people to call city hall if you are unsure about your home’s elevation. They’ll help you figure out if your house could end up underwater.
“Protect your belongings if you are one of the low areas that take on water you’ll want to move things up to a higher level,“ Sarah Caron said.
If you don’t live near the lake, the city also has this reminder.
“You cannot take your sump pump and pump it into the sanitary sewer system. It’s a violation by ordinance in our city and if you’re caught doing that it’ll cost you a $1,000 per day if you pump that in your sanitary system,“ Don Rowland said.
And if you do pump into the sanitary system it could make everything worse.
“The sewer could backup into your neighbor’s house and we don’t want that to happen,“ Sarah Caron said.
The Big Sioux River is expected to crest Thursday, around 1 a.m. The flooding has also already closed off a few roads in the city.