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Spearfish Creek warning: Excess branches may cause problems when water rises


Minor flooding this time of year isn't unusual but there is new concern because of the October blizzard.
Spearfish Creek is flowing at a rapid pace thanks to about five inches of snow melt.  It escaped its banks in some areas, plugging culverts in low-lying areas.

Because of the blizzard, there is an excess amount of branches along the creek side.

Spearfish Director of Public Works, Cheryl Johnson said there has been no damage to public infrastructure so far, only a few reports of wet garages and crawl spaces.

But she said Mother Nature will dictate what happens next.
"If it stays cool like this and we get a very slow melt that makes a perfect world for us.   If we start to warm up dramatically and that is followed by some heavy rain events then we have to address flooding in the Spearfish Creek and some of the other major tributaries around the area," said Johnson.
Johnson said her department is keeping a close eye on what happens in Spearfish Canyon.

"We were fortunate in that we were able to have a very extensive tree cleanup project along Spearfish Creek within city limits.  However, as you go up through the canyon, you look at the downed trees. Our concern is all of that debris will be picked up by high water and brought down stream," said Johnson.
A town hall meeting is scheduled at the Spearfish City Hall to address potential flooding on Thursday, Mar. 20 at 6 p.m.

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