Gov. Daugaard declares flooding emergency



    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared a state of emergency as a result of the severe flooding affecting southeast South Dakota.
 
     Daugaard on Tuesday also ordered the opening of the State Emergency Operations Center to monitor the effects of the torrential rains and coordinate the state's response.
 
     Severe storms moved across parts of eastern South Dakota Monday closing roads, flooding streets, highways and fields, and increasing flows in the Big Sioux River. 
 
     Daugaard met with emergency management officials in Elk Point Tuesday and later toured flood-affected areas in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties, where up to 7 inches of rain reportedly accumulated.
 
     In Sioux Falls, officials say the water treatment plant handled more than 57 million gallons on Monday when an average day involves no more than 16 million gallons. 

     
 AP-WF-06-18-14

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