Noem Says State Is Ready To Support Flooding Impacted Cities

(WNAX) — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says the state is willing to help any locality get ready for expected flooding in the next couple of weeks. She says they are keeping an eye on all of east river…

“I have individuals all up open down the Big Sioux that are out in those smaller communities making sure that their infrastructure is protected. They have water treatment systems, they have, bridges that they’re concerned about people and homes that they’re worried about so, we have reached out to every single county, we’ve reached out to those communities that are impacted.”

Noem says its not only rivers that are expected to rise…

“You know we even have lakes that people are concerned about Lake Kampeska Lake Poinsett and all the way down there going to see rising water levels and people could be impacted.”

Noem says the James River valley will have different challenges…

“Then you look at the James and that’s a slow, flat river that’s really spreading out and hitting a lot of people in acres so yeah we’re going to see damage to farmland too and a lot of farms are completely surrounded with water and they’re dealing with that.”

Noem says people and local governments have some time to prepare. The National Weather Service is predicting a warm up this weekend that could kick start some of the flooding.