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Flooding still a concern for Dakota Dunes, SD officials

DAKOTA DUNES, South Dakota (KTIV) – The expected prediction for the Missouri River to crest in Sioux City has been lowered over the past 24 hours.

But leaders in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, continue to ask residents to voluntarily evacuate.

“That’s I think a little bit, a little more comforting, we still believe that is still a safety issue. Those are dangerous levels. So we are just gonna continue on with our message of relocation until we can figure out where that peak is gonna actually end up, and when the river is gonna start going down,” said Jeff Dooley, Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District Manager.

Officials said they are concerned about the projected 20 to 30 mile per hour southerly winds lapping against their riverbank protection and potential rain in the forecast.

The voluntary evacuation request from the Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District has also affected students that reside in that area.

“The Community Improvement District of Dakota Dunes had requested that we not send buses into areas in which they had requested evacuation,” said Dr. Jerry Rasmussen, the Superintendent of Dakota Valley Schools.

But school officials said they won’t let that negatively impact those students.

“We sent a notification to the parents that we would count their absences as exempt, as they really had no control. They were requested to evacuate. So we wanted to try to put the parents at ease as far as attendance and school,” said Dr. Rasmussen.

Leaders in Dakota Dunes said they will continue to keep an eye on the forecast, especially with the chance of rain throughout the week.

They said they will update residents as needed.

The Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District officials are still saying the voluntary evacuation request could last for five days or more.

Leslie London

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