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Governor Kristi Noem has closed portions of three waterways in southeast South Dakota to recreational use because of flooding.


The Governor’s executive order bans all recreational uses on the Big Sioux River, Skunk Creek, and Split Rock Creek, including their tributaries, in the counties of Lincoln, Minnehaha, and Union. Noem signed the order Tuesday and the order took effect immediately.


“With so much water and ice starting to flow through those rivers, the danger level has increased,” said Noem. “It is not safe for people to be using those portions of the rivers at this time. Safety of people needs to be our top priority.”


The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks is in charge of enforcing the closure of the designated river areas.


People who violate the closure order are subject to criminal penalties.