Lake Kampeska rises more than a foot after recent rains

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KXLG) — More water worries for northeast South Dakota as heavy rain in the last week has caused streams, rivers, and lakes to rise again. Until further notice the National Weather Service at Aberdeen has issued a Flood Warning for the Big Sioux River north of Watertown. As of 10 p.m. last evening the flood stage was 8.1 feet. The flood stage is 8.0 feet. At 8.5 feet the water reaches the bottom of the bridge one mile east and one and half miles north of the reporting gauge near Florence northwest of Watertown.

Property owners at Lake Kampeska, Lake Poinsett, and just about everywhere else where heavy rains have fallen recently are scrambling again to protect watercraft, docks, shoreline, and roads.  Lake Kampeska has risen more than a foot in recent days after rains in excess of four inches fell. The continuous precipitation has also softened gravel roads making it difficult for county highway department personnel to maintain the rural highway system. Charley Waterman is a Codington County Commissioner.

Waterman says the roads are becoming so soft in Codington County that weight restrictions may be needed again.