Thursday, June 19, 2014

2014 Flood Information

We have added a page with information on the 2014 flood event.  The following is the current information we have.

Volunteers are needed today after 10 a.m. to help fill 5000 sandbags. Report to 1723 18th Street - Sioux City Field Services to assist. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Please bring gloves.
Thank you to anyone able to help or spread the word as we fight Siouxland area flooding.
CONTACT: Terry Woster at 773-3178 or Kristi Sandal at 773-3265
Interstate 29 Closing at Noon

 PIERRE, S.D. – State officials are closing Interstate 29 in southeast South Dakota at noon today (Thursday).
The Big Sioux River is predicted to crest in the morning or early afternoon hours of Friday, June 20 and is expected to send a significant amount of water into low lying areas of southeast South Dakota.
As Gov. Daugaard outlined in a media briefing on Wednesday, a berm, or levee, is being built across both lanes of interstate 29 at Exit 4. That protective structure will connect with an existing levee on the east side of North Sioux City.

Through traffic on Interstate 29 will be detoured as follows:


  • Southbound I-29 Interstate traffic will be detoured onto I-90 east at Exit 84A at Sioux Falls, SD, then south on I-35 Exit 159A at Des Moines, IA, then west on I-80 at Exit 137A to Council Bluffs, IA, then to I-29 south.
  • Northbound I-29 Interstate traffic will be detoured at Council Bluffs, IA onto I-80 eastbound, then north on I-35 in Iowa to Albert Lea, MN and west on I-90 to Sioux Falls.

Interstate through traffic detour on local roads:

  • Southbound I-29 traffic in South Dakota will be detoured onto SD 50 West at Exit 26 to Vermillion, then south to SD 19 into Nebraska where it becomes Highway 15, then continue south to Highway 12 east in Nebraska to U.S 20 east in Nebraska, then to Exit 1A for I-29 south at South Sioux City, NE.
  • Northbound I-29 traffic will exit onto Highway 20 west, then north on Highway 12 and Highway 15 in Nebraska, continuing onto Highway 19 in South Dakota to the Vermillion Exit to SD 50 eastbound to I-29.

 At this time, local traffic will be allowed into the area until water is over the road.

 Detour maps are available on

Motorists are urged to use caution when driving on state and local roads in southeast South Dakota for the next several days and should not drive through rushing or standing water over roadways as the road may be washed out underneath.

Travelers are urged to visit or to call 511 to check latest road conditions in their area.


The Dakota County Emergency Management Agency,  in conjunction with Iowa officials has asked that all boat ramps to the Missouri River be closed until the impending flood event has passed. The rising river levels and the amount of floating debris are making all forms of recreation on the water unsafe.

I-29 Closure information
Interstate 29 will be closed at exit 4 in SD at noon today.  I-29 in is scheduled to be closed north and south of Sioux City.  NB I-29 traffic will be routed west onto Hwy 20 and 12 in NE, to the Vermillion bridge.  SB I-29 traffic will be routed across the Vermillion bridge onto Hwy 12 and 20 back to I-29. 

More 1-29 News

For more information go to Union County South Dakota Emergency Management Page

Interstate 29 Closure

both north and south bound lanes of I29 will be closed between
Exit 4 – McCook Lake and Exit 26 – Vermillion
beginning at 12:00 noon, Thursday June 19, 2014

Exit #1 -Dakota Dunes and Exit #2 – North Sioux City will remain open
Numerous service roads in the area will remain open as well.
River Drive Closure
This closure will allow City crews to safely complete construction of the levee extension along River Drive.

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