Minor to moderate flooding expected on Big Sioux River in Watertown (Audio)

April 13, 2023
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Watertown city officials issued a news release Wednesday saying water levels on the Big Sioux River were expected to crest overnight, with minor to moderate flooding occurring.

High water has already taken the 600-block of 31st Street Southeast, and 10th Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets Northwest. Barricades have been put up at those locations, and motorists are being asked to not drive around them or attempt to travel through water-covered roads.

Lake Kampeska water levels are also being monitored; with the ice still intact on the lake, it is possible that ice could cause damage to structures if the water levels rise.

Damage to structures and shoreline areas is possible due to the current amount of ice pack still on Lake Kampeska.

Watertown City Engineer Heath VonEye says measures have been taken to protect low lying lift stations around the city….

Free sandbags are available at the Codington County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Management located at 119 South Maple Street in Watertown. Sand will also be available at Sailboat Landing in the 200 block of North Lake Drive.