Standing Rock Sioux Tribe deals with threat of flooding

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe faces a major threat of flooding from the Missouri River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing record amounts of water along the river to deal with runoff from heavy spring snowmelt and rains, the Associated Press reported. The flooding could cut off the only access point to the tribal government center, the tribal court and the Indian Health Service on the reservation.

“The Standing Rock Reservation, like communities down the Missouri River, are confronting significant challenges owing to increased flows from the main stem dams,” Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) said in a press release. “We urge and appreciate the Corps’ efforts to respond in as timely and effective a manner as possible.”

Chairman Charles Murphy said the Army Corps notified the tribe that a team will be sent to the reservation to deal with flooding.

Get the Story:
Standing Rock Reservation getting flooding help (AP 5/31)
Corps asked to assist Standing Rock in flood fight (The Bismarck Tribune 5/31)

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