Preparing For Floods In South Sioux City

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In South Sioux City, flooding conditions have been good with the expectation of the South Sioux Scenic Campground. Several campers there have had to relocate.

Deanna Hagberg is Dakota County’s emergency manager. She says of all the counties in Nebraska, they are the lucky ones. Nevertheless, she says they’re working hard to prepare for flooding expected on Saturday.

“It is important that they start looking at their basements, pulling personal stuff up, anything that they don’t want damaged. Make sure they have their important papers in plastic bags and keep them with them,” said Hagberg.

One South Sioux City campground has already been forced to relocate campers. South Sioux City’s Parks Manager Gene Maffit says they’re ready for what comes.

“It’s part of what we do. And we will take care of the damages and we will get it back open so we will be ready for a good summer of camping,” said Maffit.

Paula Strahmann lives in Scenic Park. She had to move her camper Friday, to a different part of the park.

“We took our tailgate off to back the truck up, and it’s down in the water. Hopefully, we can’t haul anything like our propane. We have to put it in the back seat of our truck,” said Strahmann.

She hopes she’ll be able to move back to her favorite spot soon. Meanwhile, South Sioux City Administrator Lance Headquist is keeping his eyes and ears open.

“We can’t stop mother nature for what she is doing, but we can always do a better job of handling what she brings us,” said Headquist.

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