Individual Flood Assistance

Call 605-690-4850 to report flood damage to home and business structures at Lake Poinsett and Lake Albert. Cheryl Anderson will assist you in filling out a FEMA individual assistance questionnaire.

Sand and sand bag distribution

Distribution points: Sorenson Beach, Prestrude's Landing

Hamlin County Emergency Management Facebook Page

Flood Forecast Big Sioux River and Watertown

Flood Forecast Lake Poinsett Inlet/Outlet

United States Geological Survey Water Watch 

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Keep your property and family safe during a flood event.

Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as little as six inches of water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Please adhere to warnings about flooded roads and don’t drive in those areas. Your vehicle can be swept away or stall in moving water.

What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch: Be Prepared:A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

Emergency Wound Care


National Resources

National Weather Service
CDC Flooding Information
FEMA Flood Map Service Center

The Red Cross

The Salvation Army

South Dakota Resources

South Dakota ClearPath 511 - A free service providing you with up-to-the-minute official road closure alerts.

Prepare your home for flooding

If you have access to sandbags or other materials, use them to protect your home from flood waters if you have sufficient time to do so. Filling sandbags can take more time than you may think.

Have a professional install check-valves in plumbing to prevent flood waters from backing up into the drains of your home. Make sure your sump pump is working and consider having a backup. Make sure your electric circuit breakers, or fuses, are clearly marked for each area of your home.

Since standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flooding, ensure coverage by contacting your insurance company or agent to purchase flood insurance. This must be done before there is even a threat of flooding as insurance companies stop issuing policies if there is a threat of flooding. (i.e. an approaching hurricane). Many flood insurance policies take at least 30 days to go into effect so even if you can buy it as a storm is approaching, it may not protect your investment.


Assemble an Emergency Kit

The National Weather Service recommends the following items be included in an emergency kit: 

  • Food

  • Water

  • Prescription medication

  • Batteries

  • Blankets

  • Flashlights

  • First aid kit

  • Rubber boots

  • Rubber gloves

  • NOAA Weather Radio or other battery operated radio


What is an ice jam?

An ice jam, or ice dam, happens when chunks of ice clump together to block the flow of a river. Ice jams are caused by melting snow and ice.