Gov. Dennis Daugaard declared a state of emergency and opened the State Emergency Operations Center early Tuesday morning to respond to severe flooding caused by torrential rains in southeast South Dakota. Heavy
rainfall across much of southeast South Dakota closed roads, flooded streets and fields in several counties and greatly increased flows in the southern reach of the Big Sioux River. Representatives of key response agencies in the EOC will work with local and federal officials to monitor conditions and coordinate appropriate levels of response.
Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Daugaard was at an Elk Point meeting with county emergency management officials. Earlier that day, the Governor toured flood-affected areas in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties, reviewing road and street damage.
“Activation of the Emergency Operations Center assures a coordinated, immediate response to any storm-related issues,’’ Daugaard said. “With more rain forecast for the already storm-impacted areas, it is essential that we stay on top of the situation.’’
The Governor also mobilized an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) in preparation for sending them to the storm-impacted area to assist local officials with their response.
IMAT members bring a wide variety of response expertise to emergency and disaster situations. They do not take over an incident. They work with local officials to support their responses to the incident.