Sioux Falls city officials preparing for weekend flooding

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Sioux Falls city officials say we all need to be prepared for another round of substantial flooding in the coming days.

Monday, leaders held a news conference to discuss flooding concerns for the area.

Mayor Paul TenHaken has officially signed an emergency declaration to allow the city to get flood protection measures in place fast.

Four to eight inches of snow is in the snow pack north of Sioux Falls and that will be melting in the coming days.

All of that water will make its way into the Sioux Falls area in the coming week, causing another round of flooding.

So the city is getting ready now.

TenHaken has ordered Falls Park to be closed until further notice.

Barricades will be set up around the park.

The mayor said there is no reason for anyone to be near the Big Sioux because of how dangerous it will be.

The biggest effect of this next round of flooding is expected to be felt next Sunday through Tuesday and those areas that were hit last week by flooding will more than likely see significant flooding again.

City officials said 500 homes are along the Sioux Falls flood plain.

If you live along that area the city said you should be preparing right now for flooding.

If you need help or want to help those dealing with flooding you can reach out to the 211 Helpline Center.