National Guard to distribute water on Pine Ridge Reservation

March 23, 2019 GMT

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has activated 13 members of the South Dakota Army National Guard to help distribute water on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation after floodwaters washed out a county waterline.

Noem says the soldiers were scheduled to start Saturday on providing drinkable water to people in the communities of Red Shirt, Pine Ridge, Porcupine, Evergreen and Wounded Knee.

The soldiers are bringing five water tank vehicles with the capability to receive, store and distribute up to 2,000 gallons of potable water per system. The Guard will set up from a central location in each community.


The reservation is bracing for more problems from flooding. State Rep. Peri Pourier, of Pine Ridge, tells KELO-TV that water is blocking roads and some people have been evacuated from their homes