3/21 Morning Update + Forecast:
Hwy 38 is still closed. It is extremely foggy so you can't tell until you're right up on the barricade, but it is still in place. Be careful driving this morning!
Mayor Klaudt spoke with the Director of McCook County Emergency Management, Brad Stiefvater. I'll attempt to summarize:
Stiefvater traveled up north to check conditions. He expects 5 to 6 inches of snow pack to melt and run into the Vermillion River. He also plans to fly over the river to check for any bottlenecks. If everything flows freely, he doesn't expect we'll have any major flooding issues. We will likely see 1st Avenue covered and barricaded. It is not expected to be as bad as last week, nor as bad as 1993.
However, stay vigilant and prepared. If a bottleneck develops, flooding could impact us more than expected. Now's the time to get any sandbags or sump pumps so you're ready.
Sump pumps absolutely need to be discharged outside to the street or ditch. Our sewer system is already at full capacity. If you add more water than necessary, it may result in sewer backups.
Daryl (City Maintenance) is going to be out of town this weekend. However the Mayor and City Council will be in charge of putting up barricades or handling any other issues. Please contact them rather than calling Daryl for emergencies.
As I learn any new information, I'll post it to Facebook and here. And don't forget to sign up for the Emergency Text Alerts. I'll use that to quickly notify everyone of road closures or other emergency information. But, as always, use good judgement. Even if a road isn't barricaded, don't drive through flood waters. (And don't drive past barricades! They've been put in place for a good reason!)
3/19/2019 Update: The brige on Highway 38 just east of the city and the roads around the pool are still closed. 1st Avenue is currently open, subject to change at any time.
A Special Meeting of the Montrose City Council to hold a Public Hearing about the flood will be held on March 30 at 9:00 am in the Community Center.
In order to speak at the public hearing, the sign in sheet must be filled out. There will be a two-minute time limit per speaker. You must state your name and address for the record, then speak to the council regarding the issues you saw during the flood and the suggested solution that would keep that issue from recurring, if known. The council will not discuss, debate or decide on any of the issues at this meeting. The issues will be compiled and further discussion will be held at future regular council meetings. The purpose of this meeting is to gather information only.
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...
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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
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