Posts Tagged ‘flooding’

Morning Meeting: Back-To-School Blues

Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 at 8:43 am
By: Karen Sherman
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With school starting soon, how do you get your kids back into their regular sleep schedule?  Do you have any tips or tricks?  Tonight on HealthBeat, we’ll show you how to ease the early morning wake up call.

Summer may be coming to a close for area students, but construction is still alive and well throughout the state and the city of Sioux Falls.  Monday, crews are set to start work on Russell Street from the Big Sioux River bridge to Minnesota Avenue — AND Minnesota Avenue from Russell Street to 18th Street.  We’ll have a preview of this project and updates on the others.

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We didn’t get as much rain as predicted last night, so we’re talking to the City about how this should help get things back to normal in the sanitary sewer system, which has had issues the past couple weeks.

Morning Meeting: More Flooding Possible?

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 9:05 am
By: Karen Sherman
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This morning, crews are working to fix a water main break near 66th Street and Sundowner Avenue.  Also, the heat from yesterday caused parts of 12th Street to buckle, so crews are also busy there.  And an outage this morning has Xcel Energy working to restore power to people in and around downtown Sioux Falls and determine a cause.

We’ll have updates on these stories today on KELOLAND News.

In addition, we’re nearing the start of school and Project SOS (Supply Our Students) needs help.  They’re short about 700 backpacks so we’ll talk with them about the need and how you can help.

We’re at the Rally today, talking with Sturgis police about how they fight crime during Bike Week.

And with more rain in the forecast, we’re bracing for more of what we faced last week with the sewer issues.  Mayor Mike Huether is asking that people conserve water ahead of the storm, but to also be prepared for restrictions if the need arises.

Morning Meeting: Fair Time

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 10:01 am
By: Karen Sherman
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The City of Hills, Minnesota, is dealing with an issue Sioux Falls isn’t unfamiliar with.  Today they’re asking residents to limit water usage to prevent sewer backups in homes.  In Sioux Falls, the work continues on the sewer system.

We’re also taking a closer look at renovations at the Sioux Falls airport.  We’ll find out why these upgrades are important for future business.

It’s also time for the Sioux Empire Fair.  And it’s the first full year under new management, so we’re taking a look at the changes and find out if people like the new approach.

Morning Meeting: Death Investigation Update

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 9:44 am
By: Karen Sherman
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The rain has stopped for the most part, but homeowners are still dealing with flooding problems.  I’m sure I’ve written that in another blog post already this summer, but it feels like deja vu — and there could be more rain in the forecast.  We’ll continue the flooding coverage tonight.

Yesterday, HyVee announced its plans to acquire the Sunshine stores in Sioux Falls.  This was a hot topic in the morning meeting, sparking discussion about the future of the empty buildings, what jobs at HyVee will be available for former Sunshine employees and even closing sales.

Around 2 p.m. Monday, a wire story came down about a death investigation in Hamlin County.  We had received tips about an incident in Hamlin County; however, very little information was coming out.  This morning, we know a North Dakota man has been charged in the death of a South Dakota man.  We’ll have details tonight.

In sports news, it seems Brett Favre has informed teammates that he’s not planning to return for a second season.  That’s according to the Associated Press and various media outlets.  A news conference is scheduled for this morning.  We have a crew in Mankato at Vikings Training Camp and will bring you the reports tonight at 5, 6 and 10.

Morning Meeting: More Flooding Concerns

Posted: Monday, August 2, 2010 at 9:54 am
By: Karen Sherman
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More rain this morning has created flash flooding issues throughout southeast South Dakota, and we’re on top of the story again today.

The town of Shindler was hit hard on Friday (they’re still cleaning up) from the overnight rain and we’re back to see what this latest round means for homeowners.

It’s all the familiar spots getting hit again, so we’ll give you an update on how people are dealing with it.

Flooding along the Vermillion River has shut down Highways 18 and 46 in some parts.  We’re also checking out the situation in Alpena and the dam at Rose Hill Lake that broke Friday.

Something else worth noting:  There are parks in Sioux Falls that are affected by flooding, especially Tuthill Park.  The water in this area is full of untreated wastewater after a lift station failure from Friday’s flooding.  Yet one of our reporters has seen kids playing in this water.  She did stop to tell one mom what her son was really playing in.

So be careful out there.  Floodwaters are dangerous, for more than just the obvious reason.

Morning Meeting: Fish Kill At Wall Lake

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010 at 8:58 am
By: Karen Sherman
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- We’re following up on the Wall Lake story — the wet weather last week created low oxygen levels and the fish are dying.  So what does this mean for the future of Wall Lake?

- The 41st Street bridge is opening ahead of schedule, which is good news for drivers.  All lanes are open and crews are putting finishing touches on the project.  But it’s also good news for the contractor, which is getting a nice bonus for beating the deadline.

- The bus system in Sioux Falls is seeing more riders.  In fact, the numbers are up 5%.  We’ll find out why tonight on KELOLAND News.

- We went for a ride on Lake Poinsett this weekend and have some incredible images to show you tonight.

Morning Meeting: Investigation Update

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 at 8:37 am
By: Karen Sherman
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We’re awaiting a “significant update” on the death investigation near Lake Alvin.  Authorities are expected to release more details at a news briefing this morning.  We’ll bring you the information as soon as it’s available.

Looks like there’s a chance for severe weather this evening.  These storms could also bring heavy rain to areas already dealing with flooding problems, like George, Iowa.  However, even with all the rain we’ve received, some places could use more moisture.

We’ll be keeping a close watch on the conditions — which, at this point, are favorable for severe weather over much of eastern South Dakota — and bring you updates on KELOLAND News and KELOLAND.com.

Morning Meeting: Where Do You See Flooding?

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 9:24 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Several communities were hit hard by the heavy rain last night.  We have lots of photos from across the area showing some major flash flooding.  We’re wondering where these areas most prone to flooding are.  Where do you see the worst flooding?  Let us know on our Facebook page.

These photos were submitted on uShare from the Mitchell area.

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We’ll also be in George, Iowa, where we’ve received numerous reports of flooding.  I took a call this morning from a woman in George who said the bridge is washed out and the school is surrouded by water.  Brian Kushida is there and we’ll have the story tonight on KELOLAND News.

We’ll also know more about a death investigation near the Iowa-South Dakota border near Larchwood.    Last night, authorities said they believe this case is linked to a fire that happened in Sioux Falls on Monday.

Morning Meeting: Wednesday Potpourri

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 9:27 am
By: Karen Sherman
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We’re covering a little bit of everything today.  Here’s a rundown of what we talked about this morning.

Motions hearings are under way in the Ethan Johns murder case.  He’s accused of killing Deputy Chad Mechels last March.  We’re in Parker for the story.

We checked in with several flooded communities last week, but today we’re back on Lake Poinsett.  High water and wind is knocking out walls from cabins.

There’s a vaccine for dogs that protects against a disease that can be found in squirrels.  If left untreated, this disease can be fatal.  A local vet has seen a few cases this week.  We’ll tell you about that tonight.

The Sioux Falls School District is hiring a company to evaluate the schools’ energy efficiency.  We’ll show you what they’re looking for and the potential savings from making a few changes.  Have you made small changes for your home to be a little more energy efficient?  Have you noticed a significant savings?

A ban on texting while driving goes into effect Thursday in Nebraska.  That means, four of South Dakota’s six neighboring states (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wyoming) will have laws against texting while driving.  South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana currently have no laws against cell phone use while driving. (SOURCE: http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html)

Do you think all states should have laws against cell phone use and driving?  Do you text & drive?  How many drivers do you see texting while driving and do you notice anything different about their driving abilities?

Morning Meeting: Flooding Roundup

Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 at 9:11 am
By: Karen Sherman
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Because of the accident on I-90 yesterday, we’ve pushed back our plans on the earwig story.  However, thank you for those who left comment on the last blog.  We realize the interest in these bugs — mainly, how to get rid of them.  It’s in the planner for today, so hopefully it all works out.

On that note, we’re going to talk to those who enforce trucking rules.  Authorities say the driver of the semi fell asleep at the wheel, so we’ll look into truck driver regulations.  We’re also looking at tired drivers.  In addition to the truck vs. RV accident, police say a woman may have fallen asleep before her car crashed into a local business Wednesday.

We’ve brought you the stories of flooding from all across the state over the past couple months, so now we want to check in on these areas for an update.

Have a great weekend!