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

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DAKOTA DUNES, South Dakota (KTIV) – With higher than normal releases, Dakota Dunes officials are asking residents and businesses to minimize water and sanitary sewer use, and to plug all lower-level drain pipes and floor drains.

That may help keep sewers from backing up into basements.

They’re also suggesting residents consider moving furniture or valuables to upper levels of your home.

And they suggest property owners in low-lying areas should be ready to evacuate on short notice if need be.

“We just thought we need to put that out there, for people to understand that evacuating isn’t doing too much, that’s something that you should consider doing,” Jeff Dooley, Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District Manager said.

Dooley says they will be monitoring levels overnight.

Officials in Dakota Dunes are asking people to secure their property and prepare to voluntarily evacuate.

That request from the sheriff’s department, and Union County Emergency Management, also applies to residents of River-R-Land Estates, Wynstone, and all nearby rural residences.

Officials in Dakota Dunes say they’ve been closely monitoring both the Big Sioux and the Missouri Rivers.

They’ve been filling sandbags and building a small wall around certain parts of the community throughout the day.

Officials say while levels might not be as high as they were back in 2011, people need to be taking this very seriously.


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Officials say sandbags are being placed in certain areas of town, as the elevation of the Missouri River near Dakota Dunes could reach 1,092 feet by midnight.

Officials in Dakota Dunes also say the Big Sioux River is also a concern, which they say could peak sometime Monday.

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.

A shelter is being set up by the American Red Cross at West Middle School in Sioux City, 3301 West 19th St.

The shelter will be available at 11 a.m.

Ashly Richardson

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