Eagle Butte, SD, March 27, 2019— The Moreau River valley is experiencing record breaking flooding on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservation. Voluntary evacuations have been requested by the CRST government. Some homes already isolated by rising water and several residents had to be evacuated by helicopter. More rescues are scheduled for today as the river is not expected to crest until the evening Thursday, March 28, 2019.
There have been approximately a dozen residences have been evacuated with approximately fifty (50) residences at threat from rising waters. Fog is currently preventing helicopter evacuations in the affected areas. Many residents are refusing to voluntarily evacuate the area with concerns for livestock and property.
This past weekend the Moreau river set a flood stage record at 27.7 ft. Over the next 48 hours the Moreau river is expected to crest at more than 30 ft.
Efforts are in place to build sandbags dikes around the community of White Horse to protect infrastructure and the community. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is currently gathering resources at White Horse. Currently the CRST needs swift water rescue teams to assist in evacuations.
Chairman Harold Frazier has stated, “Residents in the flood area should take our warnings seriously. The river has never been this high and it is only rising so take the opportunity to evacuate now. You are placing not just your life but the lives of those who will try to rescue you at risk.”