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Significant Flooding Causing Hazardous Travel

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605-295-3753, Kristi.Sandal@state.sd.us 


PIERRE, S.D. – Officials are advising motorists that heavy rains throughout the day have caused significant flooding in southeast and south central parts of the state, mostly south of I-90. There is also flooding east of Sioux Falls/I-29. Many roads are closed or have a No Travel Advised status.


Crews are doing what they can to get barriers put up, mark flooded highways and clear outlets where possible. Citizens are also asked to report any flooded highways by calling 9-1-1. If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and do not drive through the floodwaters, the roadway may be washed out underneath. Flood waters will be especially hard to see after dark so please use extreme caution if driving.


As the rains continue to move up from the south, officials expect more closures and No Travel Advisories through the evening that will remain in place overnight.


In addition to more rain, snow and high winds will be moving in to the area overnight creating additional travel difficulties.


Motorists should visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or call 5-1-1 to check the latest road conditions and travel advisories before attempting to travel.


Reminder, Interstate 90 is closed between Exit 260 Oacoma/Chamberlain and the Wyoming border.