Floodwaters have made their way to parts of Brown County.
A big push of water from North Dakota into Elm Lake has started and could cause problems for the next couple days, according to information from Brown County Emergency Management.
That means Westport along the Elm River could see flooding this weekend, according to the social media post.
The Elm River at Frederick is in minor flood stage, accord to the most recent advanced hydraulic prediction center report from the National Weather Service.
However, the gauge below the Elm Lake spillway is leveling off.
There is also a lot of water moving through the southeastern part of the county with many roads underwater, per the Emergency Management post the morning of Friday, April 14. The flooding is causing dangerous situations.
Roads underwater in southeastern Brown County
People should not travel through that corner of the county if it’s not critical because many roads remain impassable, Scott Meints, Brown County emergency manager, said Friday morning.
He urged people not to drive through flooded roads because the roadways might be washed out.
The good news, according to social media post, is that the gage at the county line seems to be leveling off, which could mean some relief.
The Emergency Management office got a call on Friday morning that water has started running over the spillway at Mina, so people along Snake Creek in the western and southwestern parts of the county could see water rising.
While the Maple River has risen, it seems to be holding.
There have not yet been problems along the James River, but there is more flooding to come.
“This is not the end of our water, we still have plenty of snow to melt, and we are expecting a second push,” according to the Emergency Management office post. “If you live along flood-prone areas, please keep abreast of the melt into next week.”
People who need sandbags can call the Brown County Emergency Management Office at 605-626-7122 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. The bags are not filled with sand.
There is rain in the forecast for Brown County for Friday night into the early morning hours of Saturday, April 15. There’s a 20% for more rain late Saturday afternoon into the evening, according to the NWS forecast.
As part of South Dakota Severe Weather Awareness Week, outdoor sirens in Brown County will be tested at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19.