Crews in South Dakota and Iowa continue to work to finish levees and other flood control measures to control the surging Big Sioux River which is expected to rise to a record level in the metro area.
Lt. Governor Matt Michels of South Dakota is overseeing efforts in Union County and says the river will crest Friday afternoon:
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Those figures are in elevation, so the river will rise another five to six feet.
A levee is under construction across the McCook Lake Interstate 29 exit 4, where the interstate will serve as a levee.
I-29 is closed there and will remain closed the next several days.
Exits one and two at Dakota Dunes and North Sioux City should remain open.
Union County emergency Services Director Ray Roggow says dike work is also happening at the town of Jefferson:
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Roggow says he’s not aware of any residents who have decided to leave the North Sioux city area, so a shelter at Sioux City’s West Middle School has not been opened.