Emergency Operations Center Warns Water Levels
Increased Water Flows From Pactola:
Due to the large amounts of rapidly melting snow and run off from the hills, Pactola Reservoir is increasing the amount of water they are releasing. Officials at the Emergency Operations Center are asking people to stay away from Rapid Creek and other downstream water ways. Increased flows from Pactola Reservoir will cause water levels in Rapid Creek to rise rapidly creating, fast moving, dangerous water.
Additionally large amount of tree and brush debris have fallen in and around Rapid Creek and water areas. The added debris along with increased flows from Pactola Reservoir cause additional life safety issues by creating dams and strainers that objects may not be able to pass through.
For any emergencies or situations that may arise please continue to use the regular 9-1-1 procedure. Respect the Water!
* Do not go near the water
* If you spot large amount of debris building up in the water ways near roads or bridges report it to 9-1-1
* Do not use bridge underpasses or walk ways
* Never let children play near creeks or storm drains.
The Emergency Operations Center along with our local and county response agencies Pennington County Sheriff's Office, Rapid City Fire Department, and Rapid City Police Department are monitoring the current weather situation. At this time we do not have any flood related emergencies. We have met and are coordinating any response efforts that may be needed as a result of the increased rainfall.