Pennington County officials remain mindful of flooding after winter storm
RAPID CITY S.D. – The worst of the winter storm is behind us, but emergency officials remain mindful of potential flooding.
As the snow melts, first responders’ attention shifts to flooding in Pennington County. The storm in March created ice jams on several creeks and rivers which flooded some areas.
In the coming days with warmer temperatures, the county will see an inch and a half of water entering drains, sewers and creeks. Officials are keeping an eye out for debris which is carried through the county’s waterways.
Emergency management officials say floating debris have the potential to damage bridges and dams.
“We don’t anticipate significant over-bank flooding its not like the creeks are going to come up and out of their banks,” said Pennington County Emergency Management Director Dustin Willett, “But the question is is there debris which is going to get washed down causing problems with infrastructure.”