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Officials in Union County, SD ask residents to prepare to voluntarily evacuate

UNION COUNTY, South Dakota (KTIV) – The Union County Emergency Management and the Union County Sheriff’s Department is asking residents in Dakota Dunes, Riverland Estates, Wynstone, and all adjacent rural residences to secure their property and prepare to voluntarily evacuate.

This has been issued due to recent rains, snowmelt and releases at Gavin Point Dam being raised.

Officials say it’s believed that the Missouri River may reach elevations of 1092-1093 feet in the Dakota Dunes area and 1096-1097 at the Wynstone area.

Expected crest of the Missouri River at Sioux City is 30.8 feet and the crest of the Big Sioux River is expected at 32.9 feet. At these levels, according to officials, it’s expected that water from the Missouri River may inundate low lying residential properties along the river.

The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at West Middle School in Sioux City at 3301 West 19th Street for displaced residents.

Stay tuned to KTIV News Four for the latest information.

Michelle Schoening

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