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Union County bracing for Big Sioux River flood

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Flood levels are going down around Sioux Falls and the Rock River Area -- but they're expected to rise further south.

Communities in Union County are preparing for what Gov. Daugaard says could be a "record flood event" along the Big Sioux River in extreme southeastern South Dakota.

Today, the Governor announced an ambitious plan to divert water from the Big Sioux River into McCook Lake -- which is just north of North Sioux City.

The plan involves diverting water over I-29 where it will eventually be diverted to McCook Lake.

All four lanes of the interstate will be closed -- traffic will be detoured at Exit 26 at Vermillion.

Crews have already started filling sandbags for the levee.

The closure is expected to start by noon tomorrow.

For the second time in three years towns in Union County are bracing for the flood waters.

And like we've seen all over the region, the entire area is coming together to help save people's homes.

It's the calm before the storm in North South City.

"Of course I'm concerned. Loss of material, well-being, disrupting the lifestyle of everybody in this community, possibly losing their homes," said Red Cross of Sioux Land Board Member, David Welch.

Hundreds of people filed into Dakota Valley High School to hear what they need to do to save their homes from flooding.

And they only have a few days until the water hits.

"That's what it's going to come down to, is if we have everything out of the house or not. To see how much the water is going to come up. Right now, we're right on the border of whether it's going into the house or not," said homeowners Cheryl and Eugene Flynn.

"I hate the phrase 'it is what it is,' but we're all afraid about the water and will the levees hold. They're building more levees right now around the Big Sioux River," added Welch.

"We're just moving stuff down to safer location. Got the skid loader, the tractor ready, the five-wheel trailer and other trailers ready to move," said the Flynn's.

The Big Sioux River is expected to crest around noon on Friday.

Until then, the towns are working as hard as they can to sandbag and build berms.

Eugene and Cheryl said what's disappointing about this flood is they raised their home to be higher than the 100 Year Flood and this year's is supposed to be a foot deeper than that.


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