National Guard to distribute water on Pine Ridge Reservation
WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has activated 13 members of the South Dakota Army National Guard to help distribute water on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation after floodwaters washed out a county waterline.
Noem says the soldiers were scheduled to start work Saturday on providing drinkable water to people in the communities of Red Shirt, Pine Ridge, Porcupine, Evergreen and Wounded Knee.
The soldiers are bringing five water tank vehicles with the capability to receive, store and distribute up to 2,000 gallons of potable water per system. The Guard will set up from a central location in each community until the waterline is fixed.