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Southeast South Dakota flooding fact sheet

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Southeast Area Fact Sheet

Wednesday June 15, 2011

*The local incident management team will continue to provide information on a regular basis. The Union County Flood Hotline is 1-888-869-9975.

* Residents can obtain ID badges required for re-entry into their homes at the commons area of Dakota Valley High School today from 10 am to 4 pm. Homeowners will be required to provide a drivers license or other government issued photo identification to obtain an ID badge. Residents will be allowed only one (1) ID badge per identification and each person wishing to obtain an ID card MUST be present to be issued an ID badge. If residents are unable to obtain their ID badge at this time, they can obtain them, beginning Friday, at the Information area located at Liberty Mutual Bank.

*The re-entry process for residents of the evacuated area of Dakota Dunes and Riv-R-Land Estates will begin on Thursday June 16th. Hours of entry will be from 10am – 5pm. The re-entry process will be in place for 5 days (through Monday June 20th). This access is to allow homeowners the opportunity to see their homes, assess any damage and begin to prepare for repairs to their homes. Access to the area will be through a checkpoint located just outside of the north levee on Dakota Dunes Boulevard. All people requesting access will be required to have an entry ID badge issued by the incident command team as well as a driver's license or official identification.

* Mid American has been working with the Dakota Dunes Unified Command to develop plans for re-energizing homes. On Thursday, teams of State Electrical Inspectors and Mid American employees will be in the evacuated areas to begin working on restoring power to homes. To begin the process of having a home re-energized, homeowners need to fill out papers to request a home inspection. Request papers are available on line at Dakota Dunes.com and unioncountysd.org. Forms are also available at the Information area located at Liberty Mutual Bank.

*Re-entry information packets with information from the Office of Dakota Dunes, Law Enforcement, Mid American Utilities and from the North Sioux City Fire Department are available for pick up when residents obtain their ID badge. They are available when residents pick up their ID badges at Dakota Valley, as well as at the public information area at Liberty Mutual Bank, and on line at Dakota Dunes.com and unioncountysd.org.

*All sandbag operations, including the operations at Dakota Valley School have been relocated to the North parking lot at the former Gateway building located off Exit 2 on I-29.

*Residents are reminded to remain off of these levee systems. Capping operations continue in some areas. Walking or driving on them can compromise their structural integrity. For your own safety and that of the levee systems, please stay off the levees. Resident are again reminded to not discharge water over the levee.

*The water release level from the Gavin's Point Dam remains at its peak planned release of 150,000 cubic feet per second again today.

River Levels: Current Change in Past 24 Hours

Yankton 1164.51 0.30

Gayville 1156.00 0.17

Maskell 1130.85 0.17

Dakota Dunes 1093.39 down 0.24

*Rain from showers and thunderstorms could have temporary impacts on water levels, so expect minor fluctuations across the region over the next several days.

*National Guard monitoring of levee stability continues on a 24 hour per day basis.

*Materials are being staged in a variety of locations in the event a rapid response is required. Those materials include clay, rip rap, fabric, sandbags, clean sand, and crushed concrete.

Wynstone, McCook Lake & Yankton

*Levee construction has been completed at this point and resources are now in a monitoring and patrol status. Sandbags are pre-positioned near all levee systems and will be available if the need should arise to increase levee levels or minor repairs to the levee systems already in place.

Dakota Dunes

*Dewatering pumps are operational and workers continue to reduce the water levels within the levee system to protect critical infrastructure and private homes.

*National Guard monitoring of levee stability continues on a 24 hour per day basis.

Red Cross Shelter

*The Red Cross Shelter located at Dakota Valley High School for displaced residents of Southeastern South Dakota has been put on standby due to a lack of residents. A sign has been placed on the door and if needed the Red Cross will re-open the shelter.

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