• Walnut Street

    Newly completed Walnut Street project

  • Yankton 4th of July Fireworks

    Yankton's annual 4th of July fireworks show over the Missouri River.

  • Meridian Bridge

    Winter Scene

  • Fire Prevention Week

    Fire Prevention Week

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Lewis & Clark Lake

  • Jim River Bridge

    Jim River Bridge

  • Lake Area Trail

    Lake Area Trail

  • Meridian Bridge Moonlight

    Meridian Bridge Moonlight

  • Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

    Lewis & Clark Recreation Area

  • Walnut Street

    Walnut Street

  • Bragging Rights

    Bragging Rights

  • Downtown Streetscape

    Yankton's Downtown

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Missouri River Bluffs

  • 4th of July

    4th of July Fireworks Show

  • Riverside Park

    Riverside Park

  • Meridian Bridge Fog

    Meridian Bridge Fog

  • Meridian Bridge Winter

    Meridian Bridge Winter

  • Meridian Bridge Fall

    Yankton Meridian Bridge Fall

  • Lewis & Clark Lake

    Lewis & Clark Lake walking trails.

  • Rockin' Ribfest

    June 3-4

  • Yankton Marina

    Yankton Marina

  • Yankton Missouri River

    Yankton Missouri River

  • Fishing the Missouri

    Missouri River Yankton

  • Meridian Bridge

    Meridian Bridge

  • Ice Sailing

    Missiouri River Ice Sailing

  • Yankton Riverside Park Winter View

    Yankton Riverside Park Winter View

  • Missouri River Yankton

    Merry Christmas

  • Yankton Discovery Bridge

    Yankton Discovery Bridge

Media Briefing

Print
Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

2019 Flood Preliminary Report

03/27/2019 - Amy Leon, City Manager

2019_flood_maintenance_trailAs you are aware, the City of Yankton’s public infrastructure incurred substantial damage during the flooding that took place beginning on Wednesday, March 13th.

While analysis is only in preliminary stages, we know that we have damage to the Marne Creek Flood Hazard Mitigation Maintenance Trail.  Substantial damage was also sustained at our Wastewater Treatment Facility and adjacent grounds, as well as at two of our older lift stations.  Roads, bridges, culverts, storm water basins, storm water inlets and outfalls, drainage ways, water and sewer infrastructure, and parks are also being reviewed.  We anticipated the damage to these will vary throughout the community, but many may be significantly impacted. 

It should be understood and stressed that we may not be out of the woods yet.  The frost is still coming out of the ground and spring rains could cause further damage to already compromised infrastructure.  Our team will need to be hyper-vigilant to respond as we move through the spring and summer seasons.  While we do not anticipate problems along the Missouri River, history tells us that we need to keep an eye on spring thaws occurring in the Rocky Mountains as well as what is happening upstream along the Missouri River and its tributaries. 

Infrastructure Assessment

In order to receive any federal funding and to wrap our hands around what future projects we will be incorporating into our Capital Improvement Plans, it is important to get some detailed engineering analysis and cost estimates.  This work alone, while likely reimbursable through funding sources that may be made available, will require an upfront investment on behalf of the City of Yankton.  Reimbursements could take a year or more to come to fruition.  Additionally, some of the programs may require local match dollars. 

Therefore, we anticipate adjustments will need to be made to our five year Capital Improvement Plan to accommodate these expenses. 

Need #1—Assess damage to Marne Creek Flood Hazard Mitigation Maintenance Trail

The City has contracted with Stockwell Engineers to provide the City an estimate for developing a phased plan for bank stabilization and maintenance trail repair where possible.  Work would include erosion assessment, prioritized phases of work, land or easement acquisition recommendations, and cost estimates for the aforementioned. The plan of would be utilized as a program of work and aid in the completion of an application for FEMA funding.

Need #2—Consider installation of additional flood hazard mitigation maintenance trail or maintenance corridors on the west side of the community. 

Currently Marne Creek is not accessible from the crossing on 23rd Street (west of Broadway Avenue) through the Community Garden and Off Leash Dog Area north of the Transfer Station.  As the community continues to grow, there is also limited or no access to Marne Creek from the West City Limits Road Crossing to the Highway 50 crossing.  An addendum to Stockwell’s work would be a project to mitigate potential flood events on the west side of town. 

 2019_marne_creek_mitigation_project_map

Need #3—Bridge Inspections

Bridge inspections are required every other year by the South Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT).  We conducted our last round of inspections in 2018.  We intend to propose inspecting our bridges in 2019 and are requesting DOT waive the next required inspection (2020) and allow us to revisit inspections of the bridges in 2021. 

Need #4—Assess damages to waste water treatment plant and lift stations

We will need to evaluate the damage to the waste water treatment plant and surrounding grounds.  The project will involve an assessment of current conditions and potential long-range planning assistance from either the Economic Development Administration (EDA) or FEMA.

Need #5—Assess Damages to local streets

Our staff is well qualified to evaluate damage to local streets and recommend repairs.  This can be funded out of our road maintenance budget and is, or may be, partially or fully reimbursable under FEMA programs.

Need #6—Data and image collection 2019_flood_pre_post_imagery

Our geographic information system (GIS) staff has provided us with a mobile application to use smart technology to update an inventory of damages in real time.  Our teams are using tablets and smartphones to record, make notes, and photograph damage out in the field.  This will provide us and FEMA a comprehensive, one stop shop for data collection.  We are having an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capture imagery of the Marne Creek Flood Hazard Mitigation Trail.  Emergency Management flew the area after the flooding and captured these videos of the damage.

 

Disaster Funding Opportunities

Our very broad and preliminary estimate of damages is in the millions of dollars.  Without sounding melodramatic, this event is significant enough that it will take years, not months, to recover and repair our infrastructure.  The magnitude of those costs will change the trajectory of our five year Capital Improvement Plan.  We do have a plan to move forward, which we have already began to implement. 

Once a federal disaster declaration is announced, we expect to have access to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to assist with these costs.  FEMA funding for responding to and recovering from disasters comes in three basic forms: Public Assistance, Individual Disaster Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation Grants.

FEMA Public Assistance: These funds are available to government agencies for repairing public infrastructure.  Until there is a federal declaration these funds are not available, however, we are working to log our efforts and catalog damage and estimates in anticipation of future funding availability.

FEMA Individual Assistance: There are no FEMA funds available, to our knowledge, for private home owners to access at this time.  While there are at times opportunities for private individuals to receive Individual Assistance from FEMA, those programs depend on future FEMA assessment and the damages that occur.  The City of Yankton does not have an avenue for public assistance for damaged homes or property.  Relief assistance may be available through the Red Cross or other agencies.  Those services can be accessed by calling 211.  Homeowners should contact their insurance agent directly.  Questions relating to the opportunity and possibility of FEMA funds for homeowners impacted by the flooding should be forwarded to emergency management.  

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants: After the initial phase of recovery we are also exploring the use of Hazard Mitigation Grant Funding.  These funds are utilized to prevent future damage to infrastructure. 

In addition, Planning District III is assisting our staff in identifying other funding sources that may be appropriate such as U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant programs. 

Next Steps

I ask the community to understand that these projects will still take an enormous amount of time and resources.  Marne Creek is a good example, apart from the mapping, imagery, and engineering, a large amount of hydraulic analysis and surveying will need to occur.  Property lines and easements will need to be reevaluated and mapped accordingly.  In some cases, property acquisition will be required.  Grant and loan applications will need to be drafted, reviewed, and submitted.  Immediate stabilization projects may need to be performed when spring thaw and rains further impact the corridor.     

The next year will be especially challenging for our community.  Pardon the pun, but for many of us this type of event puts us in uncharted waters.  One thing is certain; it is only through challenge that we can grow.

 

Media Briefing

03/14/2019 3:00 p.m.

All city streets and bridges have opened to traffic and travel restrictions have been lifted.  Many areas of the community continue to experience flooding and standing water.  Continue to avoid these dangerous areas to minimize your risk of contact with infection, chemicals, or other injury.

Please continue to restrict your water use to only absolute necessities through Friday, March 15th.    The restrictions are designed to help the wastewater treatment plant manage very large sewage volumes.  Please direct your sump pumps into your yards and never connect them to your floor drains or utility sink.  The drinking water system is safe and plentiful.  The restrictions as noted are to help alleviate flows through the sanitary sewer system.

The Auld-Brokaw Trail is flooded and the entire trail system closed for the foreseeable future.  Erosion and flood damage make the trail unsafe for any use.  The Summit Activity Center and Yankton Community Library will resume regular hours and services tomorrow, Friday March 15th

The Transfer Station will open to receive flood damaged materials at no cost from City of Yankton residents and businesses from March 15th-March 30th.  Detailed information is available at cityofyankton.org

If you are missing your solid waste or recycling roll cart or have found a roll cart you may contact 605-668-5221 to report the address.  If you’ve found a roll cart, if possible, please report the serial number printed on the cart to help crews identify what address to return the cart. 

Yankton County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is operating a free self-serve sandbagging station at the Yankton County Highway Department, 3302 W City Limits Road. 

Volunteers can contact 211.  The City encourages everyone to check on your neighbors and offer assistance if you are able.  The Red Cross is maintaining the emergency shelter, for more information contact 211.

The City of Yankton will continue to provide important updates periodically, but as the emergency situation has stabilizing, those updates are anticipated to be less frequent.  If you have non-emergency questions or concerns, please contact the City Manager’s office at 605-668-5221.

 

Yankton Flood Debris Cleanup-- March 15th-March 30th, 2019

Due to the anticipated disaster declaration by the Yankton Board of City Commissioners, the Transfer Station will be opened for no cost disposal of flood damaged debris from properties within the City of Yankton.  Only flood damaged items from properties located in the City of Yankton are eligible.  Loads will be weighed and written records collected from participants for disaster program documentation.  Loads must be strictly flood damaged materials, no mixed loads.  Attempting to include items not impacted by the flood will decrease our community’s ability to apply for disaster aid funding programs. 

Items will not be collected curbside during this effort.  The annual citywide cleanup event will be held as previously announced.

March 15th – March 30th: Drop-off of flood damaged debris at the Transfer Station,

1200 W 23rd  Street.  Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Eligible storm damaged items include:

  • Damaged sheet rock, carpet, and other building materials
  • Furniture and other flood damaged household items
  • Tree branches (no cost disposal available at any time)

Ineligible items include:

  • Tires
  • Refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, motor oils, or automotive-type batteries
  • Paints, thinners, painting oils, and other house hold hazardous waste.
  • All other items not damaged by the flood event

For further information, contact the City of Yankton Street Department at 668-5211.

 

03/14/2019 1:00 p.m.

 

03/14/2019 12:00 p.m.

Flood waters appear to be receding however the community is still experiencing snow and strong winds that have contributed to icy roads and sidewalks.  City crews are out sanding and treating roadways as necessary.  Many City roadways have reopened but several closures remain in place.  Please limit your travel today.  Driving around, over or through a barricade is dangerous and a Class 2 misdemeanor. 

Emergency personnel have been having difficulty reaching their destinations and responding to calls in a timely manner due in part to travelers trying to reach flooded areas to take photographs and videos.  Flood waters including standing water are cold, unpredictable, and dangerous.  Flood and standing waters may pose various risks, including infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries.

The wastewater treatment plant is experiencing extraordinary sanitary sewer flows.  Please restrict your water use to only absolute necessities through Friday, March 15th.    The restrictions are designed to help the wastewater treatment plant manage very large sewage volumes.  Please direct your sump pumps into your yards and never connect them to your floor drains or utility sink.     

The drinking water system is safe and plentiful.  The restrictions as noted are to help alleviate flows through the sanitary sewer system.

The Auld-Brokaw Trail is flooded and the entire trail system closed for the foreseeable future.  Erosion and flood damage make the trail unsafe for any use. 

Crews are working to remove flood debris from roadways.  Please don’t move branches or other items into the roadway.  A citywide collection plan for flood damaged household items (carpet, sheetrock, furniture, etc…) will be announced later.

Volunteers can contact 211.  The City encourages everyone to check on your neighbors and offer assistance if you are able. 

The Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter, for more information contact 211.

 

 

03/13/2019 5:00 p.m. 

No travel is advised in the City in Yankton. Numerous road closures are in place. Do not drive around barricades or on flooded roadways, it is both dangerous and illegal. Please remain where you are until conditions improve. If you are in immediate danger please call 911. Non-emergency calls are not currently being answered by law enforcement at this time.

The short term forecast calls for ongoing wet weather today with snow and windy conditions tomorrow.

Fifty to seventy homes in the northwestern area of the community around Valley Drive were without power. Northwestern Energy has restored power to most customers and continues to evaluate the situation to determine when power may be restored to all affected customers.

Summit Activity Center and Yankton Community Library are closed Thursday, March 14th. Solid waste and recycling for Thursday and Friday are suspended. Collection will occur next week as conditions permit.

Citizens with mobility or health issues who are unable to remain in their homes should contact 211 for emergency shelter options.

 

If you should have questions or concerns, please contact the City Manager’s Office at (605) 668-5221.