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Flooding forces evacuations on South Dakota reservation

March 28, 2019

WHITE HORSE, S.D. (AP) — Record-breaking flooding has forced dozens of people on a South Dakota reservation to evacuate, and ranchers are looking to get their livestock out of harm’s way while waiting for a river to crest.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe spokesman Remi (RAY’-me) Bald Eagle says high water from the Moreau River is threatening about 50 residences in an 8-mile (12.87-kilometer) stretch between White Horse and Thomas in north-central South Dakota.

He says about half a dozen people were rescued by helicopter.

The tribe has asked for voluntary evacuations.

The National Weather Service says the river has been as high as 28 feet (8.5 meters), or 8 feet (2 meters) above flood stage. It stood at about 23 feet (7.01 meters) Thursday morning and is expected to crest at 24 feet (7.3 meters) on Saturday.

Flooding along the Missouri River and its tributaries has caused at least $3 billion in damage and contributed to at least three deaths.

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This story has been corrected to show that the high water is threatening residences between White Horse and Thomas, not White Earth and Thomas.