Nate Wek

 The Big Sioux River has reached record-breaking levels, and officials are stressing the need to stay away from water-covered roads.

Minnehaha County Emergency Management Director Jason Gearman says there’ve been a couple water rescues in Dell Rapids and other areas north of Sioux Falls.


In The Moment ... September 12, 2019 Show 657 Hour 2

More rain means more flooding in South Dakota. National Weather Service hydrologist Mike Gillispie joins In The Moment with an update.

Flood Evacuations For Montrose

Sep 12, 2019

Parts of McCook County are currently flooding. Officials with the Emergency Operations Center report sections of Montrose near the East Fork Vermilion River have been evacuated and surrounding highways are shut down. Paul Klaudt is the mayor of Montrose, a town of about 500 people. 

News: Aug 31 - Sep 6

Sep 6, 2019

This week we bring you everything from non-meandering waters to industrial hemp production. It was a week that celebrated the state's great places, and dove deeper into the long-term impact of spring flooding and erratic weather. 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... July 25, 2019 Show 623 Hour 1

Damage from winter storms and spring flooding has caused more than 1,000 South Dakotans to reach out for federal disaster relief. You can also call FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or download the mobile app for your smart device.

Eastern South Dakota 'Flooded' With Fish

Jul 15, 2019
Nate Wek

The eastern part of South Dakota has experienced a wetter than normal spring and summer. Areas like Watertown are experiencing water levels up to eight inches above normal for this time of year.

While the water can have a negative effect on crops and plants, fish populations should see a boost in their numbers. Brian Blackwell is a fisheries biologist for South Dakota Game Fish and Parks in the Webster area. He claims the unusually wet year on the eastern side of the state will ultimately help the multiple species of fish.

Rain, Wind, And Lightning In Southeast South Dakota

Jun 27, 2019
Adria Botella

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The weather overnight and into this morning was interesting to say the least in Southeast South Dakota.

Todd Heitkamp is meteorologist in charge with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. He joins us today to discuss what took place, the flash flooding, and the weather ahead.


In The Moment ... June 5, 2019 Show 589 Hour 2

What happened to funding for the Mni Wiconi Water Project? How devastating is the impact of flooding in Pennington County? What are the results of Tuesday's municipal election in Rapid City?

Rapid City Journal Enterprise Reporter Seth Tupper joins SDPB's Lori Walsh to discuss these issues.

Regional Economy Expanding At Positive Pace

Jun 4, 2019

In The Moment ... June 4, 2019 Show 588 Hour 1

In his Mid-America Index Report, Ernie Goss says May numbers show the regional economy continues to grow at a positive pace. He adds, however, that tariffs and flooding across several states has pulled the overall index below growth neutral in South Dakota's neighboring states of Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota.

Goss is director of Creighton University's Economic Forecasting Group in Omaha.


In The Moment ... May 28, 2019 Show 583 Hour 2

The Lyman County Sheriff's Office is advising no travel on county roads due to flooding in parts of the county. Many of those roads had already been affected by a wet, difficult winter.

Sheriff Steve Manger joins In the Moment to talk about efforts to help Lyman County residents.

Lyman County Flooding

May 28, 2019

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Much of Lyman County is dealing with flooding that has caused extensive problems in the towns of Presho and Kennebec.

Kelly Serr, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Aberdeen, discusses the precipitation that has Medicine Creek over its banks as well as the forecast for the next few days.

CRST Declares Another Emergency In Flooding Areas

May 23, 2019

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman is declaring an emergency for areas along one of the reservation’s rivers effected by flooding.

Tribal officials say they expect the river to rise even further.

Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier says several homes in the reservation are under water near the town of Bridger.

Frazier says emergency crews are down there helping families get out of their homes. He says those crews are also placing sandbags to figure out where flooding might become an issue.

In The Moment ... May 22, 2019 Show 581 Hour 1

Parts of western South Dakota have seen several inches of snow this week while the eastern side is experiencing plenty of rain. What are the expectations for the Memorial Day weekend?

National Weather Service Meteorologist Susan Sanders joins In The Moment from Rapid City, while National Weather Service Hydrologist Mike Gillispie joins from Sioux Falls.

Spring Planting

May 8, 2019
Andrew Bork

In The Moment ... May 8, 2019 Show 571 Hour 1

As the weather continues to get warmer in May corn and soybean producers in South Dakota are trying to get their crops in as soon as possible. However, flooding, late spring snows and continued rainy days means fields are still too wet to plant. SDPB's Jackelyn Severin has more on how planing delays can cause problems for farmers all season.

The office of Dusty Johnson

In The Moment ... April 15, 2019 Show 556 Hour 2

U.S, Representative Dusty Johnson briefs listeners on flooding and the conversations going on in Congress.

He was in Vermillion Monday to meet with political science students and faculty at the University of South Dakota.


In The Moment ... April 10, 2019 Show 553 Hour 2

Could the latest spring storm create even more flooding in southeast South Dakota?

National Weather Service Hydrologist Mike Gillispie explains what's ahead for our rivers and streams.


In The Moment ... April 1, 2019 Show 547 Hour 2

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota continues to deal with cleanup as the result of flooding. Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier returns to In The Moment to provide and update on current conditions.


In The Moment ... March 28, 2019 Show 545 Hour 1

The Moreau River on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation is experiencing record breaking flooding. Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier joins us today with the latest.


In The Moment ... March 28, 2019 Show 545 Hour 2

Jeff VanMeeteren is the SE Regional Parks Supervisor with South Dakota Game Fish & Parks. He's with us today to talk about what it takes to close and re-open state parks when there are issues such as the current flooding.

In The Moment ... March 27, 2019 Show 544 Hour 1

The recent rising waters have some South Dakota highways closed. What factors go into the reopening of these roads and what are the safety concerns? Darin Bergquist is South Dakota's Secretary of Transportation.


In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 2

South Dakota state climatologist Laura Edwards joins us for a look at the Spring outlook. The forecast is wet and cool, which may offer additional challenges for ag families.


In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 2

Doug Sombke is president of South Dakota Farmers Union. He joins In the Moment to discuss how flooding is impacting ag families in the state, especially in the context of market prices and additional economic pressures.


In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 1

Rural ag families are being impacted by the recent flooding in South Dakota. Curt Ulmer ranches near Menno and his operation has been affected by the rising waters. Today he talks about his experience this far and what he's gone through in the past.


In The Moment ... March 26, 2019 Show 543 Hour 1

Amy Freeburg and her husband farm near Gayville, South Dakota. She talks with us today about the affect the flooding is having on their operation.


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Jennifer Strait and her family live between Murdo and White River, where the Big White and Little White Rivers converge. She joins us to discuss the recent flooding and its long-range impact.

Artist Retreat at Risk After Flooding

Mar 26, 2019
Jackie Hendry

The flooding in southeast South Dakota is also threatening a rare space for the state’s artists. The Retreat at Pointer’s Ridge in Baltic is a non-profit camp meant to give visitors a quiet space to reflect and create. But as the river rises, the camp’s future is uncertain. 

In The Moment ... March 25, 2019 Show 542 Hour 2

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding in parts of southeastern South Dakota.

USGS scientist Nathan Stevens joins us with a look at science that assists in the critical response from emergency responders and resource managers.

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Tina Titze is South Dakota Emergency Operations Director. She joins us today for an update from the State Emergency Operations Center in Pierre.

NWS Sioux Falls

In The Moment ... March 25, 2019 Show 542 Hour 1

Mike Gillispie is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. He joins us for a Monday update on flooding in Southeast South Dakota.

In The Moment ... March 21, 2019 Show 540 Hour 1

The Big Sioux is a river impaired. South Dakota Magazine featured an article by Jerry Wilson in its March/April issue called "Troubled Waters." It looks at what's happening to the Big Sioux along with its potential for the future.

Author and environmental writer Jerry Wilson joins us on the phone. We're also joined by Peter Carrels. Peter is a board member for Friends of the Big Sioux River. He's a long-time river activist and editor of the Friends of the Big Sioux River newsletter.