Local officials keeping an eye on potential Big Sioux River flooding this spring  (Audio)

March 27, 2023
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–With late March temperatures running some 20 degrees colder than normal, the snowmelt has been slow to occur in northeast South Dakota this spring.

That has officials concerned about the possiblity of a rapid snowmelt when it does warm up, which would mean spring flooding on the Big Sioux River.

Codington County Sheriff Brad Howell……

Howell says officials from the city of Watertown, the sheriff’s office, emergency management and Municipal Utilities are meeting today to map out a game plan in the event the river spills out of its banks….

Those factors include the frost depth, the pace of the snowmelt, and any additional precipitation.

The latest flood outlook from the National Weather Service is predicting moderate flooding along the Big Sioux River.

Find the latest spring flood outlook by clicking here: https://www.weather.gov/media/abr/FloodOutlook/2023FloodOutlook.pdf