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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Flood Update as of March 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM

FLOOD OPERATIONS CONTINUE

Flood Update as of March 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Flood Update as of March 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM

The Big Sioux River crested at 11.75 feet yesterday at the S. Broadway gauge. The current depth is 11.5 feet.

Kemp Avenue, 3rd Avenue N, and 4th Avenue S are in the process of being reopened for traffic. Please use caution when driving in these areas. There are a lot of people working on or near the roadways.

Lake Kampeska is currently at 3.82 feet above full and is expected to crest at 4 feet above full sometime Saturday.

There is sand and sandbags still available at the following locations:

• City of Watertown Street Department - 730 Arrow Avenue 
• Outdoor Swimming Pool - 825 3rd Street SW
• Lake Kampeska @Sailboat Landing - 200 block of North Lake Drive
• The intersection of Kemp Avenue and Kampeska Boulevard

There are 2700 filled sand bags at the Extension Center for anyone who needs them. Help yourself!

Lake Pelican is currently is about 20.5 inches above full and is expected to crest another 12 inches sometime next week.

The sewer system around Lake Kampeska is currently in an extreme high flow condition. It is important that ALL sump pumps need to be pumped outside to the street or yard and not into the sewer system. City Officials are currently doing checks to enforce this ordinance. There is a potential for the system to be inundated and could fail causing the sewer to back up into homes. Floor drains should be plugged and water usage should be limited. If compliance is not obtained there is a potential for water service to be temporarily turned off.

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