County, Tribe declare disaster

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The view from just north of the Highway 63 Cheyenne River bridge shows how far out of its banks the Cheyenne is running. From this perspective, the river appears at least four times as wide as normal. Photo by Robert Slocum

Gov. Kristi Noem (LEFT) speaks with Dist. 28A Rep. Oren Lesmeister and Tater Ward of White Horse about flooding near White Horse and Promise on Monday. Noem visited the area and Eagle Butte after spending the previous day at Pine Ridge assessing flood conditions there.

Dewey County and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe have declared an emergency and are requesting that Gov. Kristi Noem request a Presidential Declaration of Disaster, which would pave the way for assistance for local governments.

Spring runoff from the winter’s accumulation of heavy snow and the March snowstorms have created an emergency that has increased in intensity since the declarations were declared.

On Tuesday afternoon, the CRST Command Center, of which Dave Nelson is director, issued a statement asking everyone residing along the Moreau River from On the Tree to Promise to voluntarily evacuate the area.



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