LATEST FLOOD INFORMATION

LATEST FLOOD INFORMATION

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SIOUX CITY—THE IMPACTS OF MONDAY NIGHT’S RAINFALL WERE SEEN ALL OVER SIOUX CITY ALONG HAMILTON, TRI-VIEW, STEUBEN, FLOYD AND RIVERSIDE.

SIOUX CITY FIRE CHIEF TOM EVERETT SAYS THIS IS NORMAL WHEN THAT MUCH RAIN IS PRODUCED IN THAT SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME.

UNFORTUNATELY, 14 HOMES IN RIVERSIDE DID EXPERIENCE SANITARY SEWER BACKUP INTO THEIR BASEMENTS DUE TO A BREAK IN THE SYSTEM, WHICH WAS CAUSED BY INTENSE PRESSURE PUT ON THE PIPE.

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THE CITY WILL ASSIST HOMEOWNERS ALONG RIVER DRIVE WHO HAVE SANITARY SEWAGE IN THEIR BASEMENTS, HOWEVER OWNERS ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CLEANUP.

THE AVERAGE HEIGHT OF THE BASEMENT SEWAGE WAS 18-INCHES.

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THE STORM WON’T AFFECT THE MISSOURI RIVER, HOWEVER, EVERETT SAYS WITH NEARLY 2-INCHES OF RAINFALL, THE BIG SIOUX RIVER BASIN IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE 2-AND-A-HALF FEET WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK.

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DURING THE STORM, MANY MOTORISTS WERE SEEN STUCK IN WATER-COVERED STREETS.

EVERETT SAYS THE WATER IS EXTREMELY DIRTY AND CAN CAUSE A WAKE PUSHING WATER INTO HOMES.

 

SIOUX CITY—WHEN STORMS PRODUCE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MILES-PER-HOUR, WARNING SIRENS GO OFF, WHICH CONFUSES MANY SIOUX CITY RESIDENTS.

THE SIRENS SOUNDED MONDAY NIGHT BECAUSE OF STRONG WINDS AND MANY THOUGHT IT WAS DUE TO A TORNADO.

SIOUX CITY FIRE CHIEF TOM EVERETT SAYS THE SAME SIRENS SOUND DURING A TORNADO AS WINDS, SINCE THEY CAN CAUSE THE SAME AMOUNT OF DAMAGE.

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EVERETT SAYS THE SIRENS ARE TO WARN THOSE OUTSIDE.

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IF FLOOD EFFORTS FAIL, THE WARNING SIREN WILL SOUND MORE LIKE A WOOPING CALL.