Fort Pierre City Council Hears Update On Missouri River

(KCCR) — Officials in Fort Pierre continue to watch the Missouri River as near all-time record runoff flows work down river. Public Works Director Rick Hahn says the city is again reminding residents to be mindful of where sump pumps are being drained to…

“We’re asking everybody to push their sump pumps outside.  By City Ordinance, it’s illegal to dump into your sanitary sewer without a special permit so if there is a cause that you need a permit to discharge into the sanitary sewer, you need to come to the Public Works Department so we can review the process and issue a permit accordingly, but we are asking that you discharge to the outside for as long as possible.  Our sewer system is also taking a beating with this high water levels.”

Hahn says the Corps of Engineers expect releases from Oahe Dam to remain in the 61-thousand cubic feet-per-second neighborhood for the next two months…

“There water elevations will stay about the same.  We are doing pretty good.  Our storm water still has; it’s a little bit below the grates, but we don’t have a lot of capacity for additional storms.  We do have some surface water approaching some of the top of streets at Yellowstone and then of course at Marion Drive down by the 4th Avenue, or, 5th Avenue boat ramp.  That’s up into the pavement a little bit and up into that valley gutter which is a low point.”

Hahn says officials will continue to monitor conditions…

“Corps of Engineers, we discussed with them and they’ve talked to us.  They do have in there that if we do get some major rain events, they may have to go up a little higher, but apparently they’re not expecting that so we’re still shooting at that 61-thousand c-f-s currently and the water levels will probably remain the same.  We realize that it’s pushing a lot of pressure on a lot of basements, a lot of sump pumps.  Just hang in there.  We’re looking to turn the corner on the long term weather hopefully in January and February so we can start drying things out.”

The U-S Army Corps of Engineers is holding a public meeting later this month on October 23rd at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center to discuss winter plans for the river. That meeting starts at 10 am.