The US Army Corps of Engineers is reducing the water release levels from the Oahe Dam and the clean up effort for the 2011 flooding disaster in Pierre, South Dakota has begun. The cities of Pierre and Fort Pierre are seeking flood clean-up volunteers for the weekends of Aug. 27–28 and Sept. 3–5.
Anyone wishing to volunteer should call the Flood Recovery Hotline at 605–224-1189. Homeowners in need of assistance should call the same number so they can be matched with volunteer resources.
The main emphasis of the cleanup efforts will focus on sandbag removal. Coordinators will match volunteers with the more than 90 homeowners who have requested assistance. Volunteers should bring gloves, shovels, rakes, wheel barrows and any other items which would be helpful with debris cleanup. They will be asked to attend a short orientation the mornings of the events and will be provided with basic cleaning supplies, masks and other tools. Volunteers are also encouraged to check their medical records prior to the cleanup days to be sure they are up-to-date on immunizations and tetanus shots.
Please volunteer just a little of your time and energy to boost this recovery effort because the worst is over and you can help the communities of Pierre and Fort Pierre to get back to life.
(photo credit: South Dakota Magazine Editor Bernie Hunhoff)