Flooding Keeps Some Out of Their Homes in SE SD, Steve King Holds Final Town Hall Saturday

Sep 13, 2019

Flooding in SE South Dakota, courtesy Weather.com

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Congressman Steve King has announced that he will host a town hall meeting in Sac County next Saturday, September 21st.. The town hall is open to the public and to the media.

The Sac County town hall will be held in Wall Lake, Iowa at the Wall Lake Shelter House located at Fourth and Stuart Streets. The town hall will run from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. 

This will mark the 39th of the 39 town halls King has held in Iowa's Fourth District this year, beginning in January. 

Flooding from the torrential rain that's soaked much of southeastern South Dakota closed schools for a second day today submerged city streets and caused some to evacuate their homes. In Brandon, northeast of Sioux Falls, the heavy rain turned the local golf course into a lake. Portions of the 18-hole course and an office at the clubhouse were flooded.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says high water levels from the Missouri River likely played into a drinking water violation in Sioux City involving disinfection byproducts.

Samples collected mid-August at one of the city’s eight testing sites showed it was a little bit above the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for trihalomethanes. The city’s running average for that site for the last year is also above the standard.

Julie Sievers (SEE-vers) is an environmental specialist senior with the Iowa D-N-R. 

The river levels are high right now, very high, which means increased organic matter in the water. They (Sioux City) also have very warm water temperature. Their temperature is some of the highest they’ve seen. 

Sievers (SEE-vers) adds health risks only come from long term exposure to the disinfection byproducts. Sioux City is now using deeper wells which the city says have cooler water and less organic compounds.