Record river flood level set in Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas have received record amounts of rainfall.

That is having a significant impact on the rivers and creeks in and around the city.

Officials say the Big Sioux River near Western Avenue reached a record stage of 17.1 feet breaking the old record of just over 16 feet that was set back in 1957.

Todd Heitkamp with the National Weather Service says the rain combined with the snow contributed to the record stage. "The good news is, a lot of these stages are falling. As I came in this morning, they're already falling from what they were at the record levels. So, That's the good news is that with time, as the mayor said, with patience, the levels will continue to fall because we're not expecting any additional substantial precipitation. In other words not much more rainfall."

Heitkamp did stop short of saying that this is worst he has seen.

Only certain stages have reach record levels.