(CNN) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem got a first-hand look this weekend at record flooding in the state.
She went to Lake Thompson, where campers and other properties have been underwater for months.
Some residents suggested releasing the extra water downstream through an outlet.
But Noem said it’s not that simple.
“We’re going to go through an engineering process, do an evaluation and get some facts to see if that is the answer we should pursue. I can’t afford to open up an outlet too much and put everyone downstream in jeopardy of losing some of their property,” she said.
State leaders say they will work with their water board and FEMA to get those areas back to normal.