3/15 Morning Update from Maintenance Supervisor Daryl Sieverding and Mayor Paul Klaudt:
1st Avenue is still closed near Hwy 38. Do not drive through the flooded roadway. The Hwy 38 bridge near 1st Ave is Closed by the Department of Transportation and will remain closed until waters recede and inspection can be completed.
Normal water usage may resume. Thank you so much for conserving water the past couple of days.
The water level in the river is going down. Please continue to be cautious when driving around and do not go past barricades or drive through flood waters even if there is no barricade.
Keep in mind that when the weather warms up again, we may see more issues when the snow resumes melting, and all the snow up north starts to melt and flow down the river. So stay alert to conditions.
3/14 Evening Update:
Just received notification that the bridge on Highway 38 just east of 1st Ave is going to be closed tonight. Because of the high rate of water flow and the age of the bridge, it will be closed until the water recedes and the bridge can be inspected.
There is still some flooding around town. The Lift Station Pump is working well, but please continue to conserve water as the lagoons and river are still full. We appreciate your continued assistance.
3/14 Morning Update:
Please continue to conserve water, likely through Friday evening. I will try to keep you updated when usage can return to normal. Our lagoons are full.
1st Avenue is closed due to flooding.
Our amazing **Volunteer** Fire Department has been out all night helping wherever they can with the flooding in the streets and people's homes.
Facebook is back up (at least for now?). You can find more updates there.
The City Office is closed today due to no school. However, I will be reachable through email: Montrose@goldenwest.net
Don't forget to sign up for emergency text alerts.
CONSERVE WATER to help keep the sewer system from getting overloaded and backing up. Also need help filling sandbags to place around the sewer lift station if you're available to help.
Facebook is still down - please spread the word (call, text, post to your own facebook if it will let you). Help please! And sign up for the emergency text alerts since we can't rely on Facebook!
Facebook is not letting me post an update. (Another good reason to have the emergency text alerts!) At the current time, 1st and Clark Street has been closed due to flooding. Please do not drive through flooded roadways. Find an alternate route. Take particular care on gravel roads or water covered roads in the country. It is advisable that you refrain from travel if at all possible. Church activities for tonight and school tomorrow has been cancelled.
If you would like to receive emergency text alerts from the City of Montrose, please read on:
During this past weekend's house fire, a message was posted to Facebook asking everyone to conserve water so that it was available to for the firefighters to use. Not everyone checks Facebook or sees every post immediately. The City Council also started calling people in order to get the word out.
It would be easier and quicker to send out a text alert for an emergency situation such as this. I asked other cities how they handle emergency alerts, and the one free option I was given is to send text messages through an email address. This option won't be able to notify people that only have landline phones, but should be able to reach the majority of residents.
I cannot send out text updates without your specific permission. If you'd like to receive these (hopefully very rare) alert texts, please send the following information to Montrose@goldenwest.net
I give the City of Montrose permission to send me text messages.
Your Cell Phone Number:
Your Cell Phone Provider (ie, Verizon, TMobile, etc):
If you live north of Walker Street, you are in Ward 1; If you live south of Walker Street, you are in Ward 2. If you live outside city limits but still want a notification, write Group 3. This might come in handy if there's an alert that only needs to go to one part of town. It might also keep these emailed texts from getting flagged as spam...
The email address these alerts will come from is Montrosealert@goldenwest.net. It will be unmonitored, so any replies will not be received. I certainly hope this is never needed, or only used very rarely. But I think it's better to be prepared...
March 20: Due to special event at school and Finance Officer meeting in Sioux Falls
Upcoming Office Closures:
April 1, 1:00-3:00: Due to Training in Sioux Falls
April 22: Due to no school
May 27: Memorial Day
June 10-14: Finance Officer School in Pierre
June 24-26: Budget Training in Pierre
July 4: 4th of July holiday
Reminder: The City Office will close following the School District calendar and closures.
City Office Walk-In Hours:
Monday 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00
City Office: 605-363-5065
Emergency Maintenance: 605-370-1240
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