Daugaard "strongly urges" Dakota Dunes residents to evacuate
DAKOTA DUNES, SD (KTIV) -
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is strongly urging that all residents of the "Country Club" area in Dakota Dunes evacuate their homes by 11:59 PM on Friday.
Daugaard says that after residents leave the area, they will not be allowed back in and should assume that they will not be able to return for as long as two months.
Law enforcement officials will begin going door-to-door immediately to inform residents of this new evacuation request.
The request applies to all Dakota Dunes residents whose homes are on Monterey Trail, East and West Pinehurst Trail, Doral Lane and La Costa Lane, as well as all homes south of those streets. The notice does not apply to the areas known as the Meadows and the Prairie.
As the evacuation moves forward, Daugaard says all residents should expect utilities to be seriously impacted and eventually discontinued.
This is not a mandatory evacuation. But, Daugaard says once the deadline passes, transportation may soon become impossible and those remaining in Dakota Dunes may not be able to leave.
Union County Sheriff Dan Limoge strongly encouraged residents to comply with the evacuation deadline.
"We are making this request to protect residents from significant danger," Sheriff Limoge said in a written statement. "Once the water level rises, we may not be able to respond to emergency calls in a timely fashion."
During the evacuation process, levee construction will continue. Residents are asked to keep roadways clear and vehicles and trailers should not be parked on the street.
The American Red Cross is operating a shelter at Dakota Valley Schools, 1150 North Shore Drive, North Sioux City, South Dakota.
More information is available by calling the Dakota Dunes Calling Center, at 1-866-446-5324, or by visiting http://www.breadysd.com/.