NO WATER/SEWER USAGE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Water is drinkable. Just don't let it go down the drain. No laundry. No dishwashing. No baths. No flushing toilets. Portable toilets are available around town.
ATTENTION RESIDENTS WHOSE ELECTRICITY WAS SHUT OFF:
You will need to have the following information ready before your electricity can be turned back on. Also, electricity will not be restored until water recedes past 1st Avenue *OR* Monday, whichever is later.
You must have a licensed electrical contractor (cannot be a journeyman) do an inspection. If any water has entered your panel, it must be replaced.
The licensed electrical contractor must provide a signed written statement with the following:
1. Contractor Name
2. Contractor Company Name
3. Contractor EC number
4. Address of property where inspection took place
5. Name of property owner
6. Statement that electrical appears safe, or what steps had to be taken to make it safe and that it is now in a safe condition.
7. Contractor's signature.
If you do not have this signed statement or if any of this information is missing, the restoration of your electrical service could be delayed.
Update 9/14/2019 11:30:
Water/Sewer Ban still in effect.
Update 9/13/19 10:45
NO WATER/SEWER USAGE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Water is drinkable. Just don't let it go down the drain. No laundry. No dishwashing. No baths. No flushing toilets.
Portable toilets are being set up around town.
Update 9/12/19 7:00 pm
There was a short meeting held just now by McCook County Emergency Management that included members of the city council, city maintenance, representatives from electric and natural gas service, and others. Here's what you need to know:
They expect a slower increase in flood water from here on out, but still two more feet yet to rise. The crest is expected on Saturday afternoon. Due to no interest, there will not be a shelter open in Montrose. However, there is a shelter available in Salem at the Armory.
I-90 is closed. Hwy 38 is closed. The bridge over the river on Clark Street (254th) is closed. Valley Road is Closed. There is debris in the water, so even if the water level isn't high on the road, you may get stuck on debris. So DO NOT DRIVE in flood water! Do not walk/play around in floodwater! At the present time, it is believed that the road going south from Montrose (451) is clear from here to Hwy 42. Drive at your own risk and be careful if you do have to travel.
**LIMIT YOUR WATER/SEWER USAGE**
*STAY OUT OF THE AREA.**
Update 9/12/19 5:15 pm
NEW MANDATORY EVACUATION:
If you live on 2nd Avenue south of Kluckholm you must evacuate by 6:00 pm. Leave a visible note on your door that you've evacuated.
If you evacuate in a non-mandatory area, please also leave a note, send an email to email@example.com or otherwise let someone know so first responders don't try to rescue you when you're not even there.
The water is rising further and faster than anticipated. More evacuations may be ordered.
Update 9/12/19 4:00 pm
SDDOT has announced that an additional section of I-90 will be closing later Thursday afternoon, between Mitchell and Sioux Falls.
I-90 is currently closed between the junction of Highway 281 and Highway 37.
Floodwaters continue to rise in the eastern part of the sate. Crews are continuing to monitor both roadway and bridge structures for safety.
Messages as of Thursday 9/12/19 10:45 am:
MANDATORY EVACUATION FOR ALL RESIDENTS ON FIRST AVENUE south of Main Street AND ALL RESIDENTS OF THE TRAILER PARK ON McCOOK Street. MUST EVACUATE BY 2:00 PM. ***NOTE time has changed from 6:00 to 2:00!***
It is predicted that this flood will be worse than the flood of 1993, and will crest 1.5 feet above any records. Most water will come this afternoon/evening, but crest won't be until the weekend.
Please do not call City Maintenance unless it is an Absolute, Urgent Emergency. Daryl is extremely busy trying to protect the sewer system.
Facebook is going to be your best option for up to date messages. I'll try my best to keep both updated, but Facebook will be faster.
Messages as of Thursday 9/12/19 7:45 am:
Montrose School District has cancelled classes for the day. McCook County has declared a No Travel Advised warning. The City Office will be closed, but I'll be reachable via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. .
Do not drive through floodwater whether there are barricades in place or not.
As far as I know right now, Highway 38 just east of town is closed. 1st Avenue is closed. The roads to the lagoons and by the campground/pool are closed. Find alternate routes.
Messages as of Wednesday 9/11/19 at 3:30 pm:
1st Avenue is closed until at least the morning of September 12 due to flooding. Please do not drive around barricades or into any floodwater. Also, please conserve water for the next 24 hours as all of the rain/flooding is causing the sewer system to work harder than usual.
If you are interested in receiving emergency text alerts, please see the FAQ page for more info!
Evening Update: The SD DOT has closed the bridge on Hwy 38 east of Montrose until further notice.
Upcoming Office Closures or Updated Hours:
Wednesday, September 18 - For Finance Meeting
Monday, October 14 - Due to Native American Day / No School
Wednesday & Thursday, November 27 & 28 - Due to Thanksgiving Holiday
December 23 - January 3 - Limited Hours (tbd) due to Christmas Break
Reminder: The City Office will close following the School District calendar and closures.
City Office Walk-In Hours:
Monday 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00
City Office: 605-363-5065
Emergency Maintenance: 605-370-1240
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