Codington County officials monitoring flood levels

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KXLG) — Emergency management offices in Eastern South Dakota are bracing for round two of flooding this week. Codington County Emergency Management Director Jim Sutton says the recent 25 inch snowfall is expected to cause another rise on the Big Sioux River. He says any additional rain that combines with the melting snow will only make for renewed flooding in areas that were already at flood stage. Sutton says they’re monitoring conditions closely and that all flood prevention measures will be left in place.

Hardest hit is downstream from Watertown in Hamlin and Brookings County at Lake Poinsett. Hamlin County Emergency Management Director Dave Schaefer says the entire chain of three lakes that feed into Lake Poinsett are over full and out of their banks. He says numerous township and county roads are also submerged or about to be.

Schaefer says property damage was reported over the weekend at Lake Poinsett.

Both Emergency Management Directors say predicted rains are a big worry this wake alongside the melting snow.