There are quite a few South Dakota government officials in Pierre and Fort Pierre, along with federal workers and other public employees.
The heavy snowfall and rain of the last several months were well-reported and a constant topic of discussion in South Dakota.
So does it seem rather disturbing that this sudden rush to build barriers and alert people to the wall of water that will pass through Pierre and Fort Pierre?
From an AP article:
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to release even more water from Missouri River dams will not only cause additional problems for the central South Dakota communities of Pierre and Fort Pierre, but also for the downstream cities of Yankton and Dakota Dunes in the state’s southeastern corner, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Sunday.”
Was the state ready for this? Why weren’t the barriers erected or at least started weeks ago? How much damage will occur due to this? Does the Corps care what will happen or is it trying to do the best it can to cause the least damage?
The water had to pass through. We knew it was coming. Why the sudden rush rather than a well-designed plan?
Or perhaps is this nature erupting once more and man far too puny to deal with it? Could nothing have been done better, earlier, smarter?