Oglala Sioux Tribe emergency management officials delivered drinking water and flood-relief care packages to stranded victims and families on the flooded Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, reported Rapid City Journal on February 18. Calico Creek, Grass Creek, White Horse Creek, Wounded Knee Creek, Potato Creek and White Clay Creek experienced bank-overflow due to snow melt, ice jams and clogged culverts and bridges.
On February 17, the Black Hills Area Chapter of the American Red Cross delivered cots, blankets, 20 comfort kits, towels, 12 cases of water, six clean-up kits and 17 boxes of laundry soap, according to its news release. The South Dakota Department Transportation station at Sturgis delivered 6,000 sand bags to Pine Ridge.
While a temporary Red Cross shelter opened on February 14 to house evacuated residents, it was closed the following day because it wasn’t being used. Tribal emergency officials recommend nearby residents seek temporary shelter with relatives or friends. Tribal officials request residents in the White Clay Creek flooded area limit road use to allow heavy equipment to access the flooded areas. People with special medical needs residing in the low-lying areas along Calico Creek, located about 5 miles north of Pine Ridge, are being asked to move to higher ground.
Call the emergency hotline to receive supplies if needed, stated Arlene Catches the Enemy, OST’s interim emergency management director, reported Rapid City Journal.
Non-perishable food items, disposable diapers and baby formula are available. Hotline numbers are: 605-857-4009, 605-867-8411 and 605-867-8413.