I just received a couple of updates related to the Missouri River situation. First, Yankton County Emergency Management is taking a closer look at precisely which homes in this area will be affected by flooding at 150,000 cfs. Second, Verizon is adding 30 percent more capacity to its cell sites in Yankton.
The Yankton County Office of Emergency Management (YCOEM) is attempting to better identify the most likely scope of the impending Missouri River flooding. YCOEM officials are working with the Army Corps of Engineers and a private engineering firm to verify actual current and predicted elevations and to compare those to the most recent water level schedule provided by the Corps.
The study, which will include collecting data for at least three days, should better indentify which homes will be threatened when the releases at Gavin’s Point Dam are increased to the planned maximum level of 150,000 cubic feet of water per second by June 14th.
Meantime, emergency management officials are also trying to identify the impact the rising Missouri River waters will have on the levels of Marne Creek and on the James River.
Residents living in the river bottom area, west of Yankton, are encouraged to take measures to protect their homes and property from the potential, and unknown, impact the increased Missouri River level will have on ground water levels and on septic systems and basements.
This DOES NOT include residents with city sewer service.
Information related to the impending flood, and to septic flood preparation, can be found at the YCOEM’s information website at http://www.yanktonflood.com.
MINOT, N.D. — The Verizon Wireless network team has added capacity to cell sites in several communities that are impacted by flooding of the Missouri river and its tributaries. Because of increased wireless usage, Verizon has added thirty per cent more capacity to cell sites in the cities of Minot, N.D., Bismarck/Mandan, N.D. and Yankton, S.D.; and twenty per cent more capacity to the cell sites in the cities of Pierre, S.D. and Sioux City, Iowa.
Verizon Wireless has deployed a Cell on Light Truck (COLT) to the Bismarck area, in the event a temporary cell site is needed. The network is being monitored 24/7 and so far, no cell sites have been impacted by the flooding.
All cell sites have eight hours of battery backup power in the event of a commercial power interruption and fuel delivery to mobile units and generators have been pre-arranged to keep the network operating at full strength even if power is lost for an extended time.
These kinds of intensive investments and preparations have proven crucial during severe weather events. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $65 billion since it was formed—$6 billion on average every year—to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.