Boaters, swimmers, fishermen and gawkers are all being urged to stay away from the ever-expanding Missouri River.
Jeremy McClure, a crime prevention officer in the Sioux City Police Department, says the rising floodwaters are making for an especially strong current in the river channel.
“There’s a lot of pollutants in the water,” he says. “The tides are very dangerous with this river, especially in the Sioux City area.” McClure is urging the public to stay away from the riverfront.
“The only people we’re letting through at this time are people that are actually volunteering or actually have business to conduct. Otherwise we ask everyone to please stay off the riverfront and let volunteers and city and county crews have the space that they need to do their work,” McClure says. “There’s a lot of heavy machinery down here. There’s a lot of movement down here and we don’t want to see anyone get hurt.”
McClure says scammers are already targeting homeowners who’re trying to protect their property from the flood. He says do NOT give out your credit card or bank card information to an unsolicited caller.
McClure says, “Cell phone companies generally send a text message notifying you of problems with your account. We advise that instead of clicking on any links in emails or anything like that…Instead, go to the numbers that you know and trust…get ahold of the company through a method that you know is valid, online or via telephone.”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from six dams along the Missouri River to drain water from record rains in South Dakota and other western states. Melting snow in the northern Rockies adds to the flood concerns. Officials expect the river to crest in Sioux City in mid-June.