If major flooding occurs in Brown County, it won't be for at least another couple of weeks, the county's emergency management director said.
Scott Meints said residents still have time to prepare.
The county will experience flooding, he said, but how bad it will be is unknown — it all depends on how fast the snow melts.
Last year at this time, the county Emergency Operations Center was open, Meints said.
"We were in water knee-deep already," he said.
This week, if temperatures climb into the 40s again, gages at Westport, Columbia and Stratford might start to increase, Meints said.
Meints said the Elm River at Westport doesn't look too bad: The National Weather Service's most recent flooding outlook shows a 24 percent chance of major flooding.
The James River is a little different, he said.
The flood outlook shows a 98 percent chance of major flooding along the James at Columbia and Stratford.
The city of Aberdeen will set out sand bags and sand at the public works complex at the intersection of Third Avenue Southwest and South Ninth Street beginning this week, according to a news release. Residents are advised to bring shovels. Details: public works, 605-626-7010.
Meints said residents wanting sandbags can also call his office at 605-626-7122 during normal business hours. Cost for an unfilled bag is 13 cents each.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Administrator Robin Finegan will be in eastern South Dakota on Wednesday to discuss spring flooding potential and preparedness, according to a news release. The schedule:
• 7 a.m., Sioux Falls, Convention Center, meeting rooms 11-14.
• noon, Brookings, Swiftel Center, Daktronics Room B.
• 4 p.m., Watertown, Redlin Art Center, Amphitheatre.
The governor issued an executive order Friday that declares a state of emergency in South Dakota, allowing the use of state resources to assist communities and counties with flood-response efforts.
The potential for record water levels is possible on stretches of the Big Sioux River between Watertown and Sioux Falls, Daugaard said in the release.
Meints offers these tips:
• Have a 72-hour kit. You want to have these items in a tote or box that will get you through at least the first 72 hours of a disaster. These items should include canned food items, dry food items (whatever you can eat in case you don't have use of your stove or microwave), 1 gallon of water per person per day; medications; a battery-operated radio and a weather radio; first-aid supplies.