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Posted on: May 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] PRESS RELEASE: City of Brookings Storm Operation Updates 9:45 a.m. Friday

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City of Brookings, SD 

10:00 AM Friday

City of Brookings residents. Please refrain from driving on city streets if possible. Due to inoperational street lights, and many reported vehicle accident near misses, the city is asking that individuals operating motor vehicles and driving on city roadways/streets treat all primary intersections as four-way stops. Please watch for pedestrians at intersections as well.

9:45 AM Friday

All major arterials are now cleared. Crews are currently working on streets on the north end of Brookings. Some residential streets are fully blocked. Please refrain from driving on residential streets to allow for crews to clear them. Stay safe.

8:15 AM Friday

The City is asking for residents to refrain from driving in areas where trees are down and please stay away from power lines. This will keep the public and city staff safe as they continue cleanup operations. Please conserve water. This will help us with the wastewater treatment plant. There is currently no estimated time for power to be operational. The Brookings Regional Landfill is currently open for accepting trees and branches. When utilizing the landfill for branches/trees please go to the Citizen Campus which is located on the right upon entering the Landfill entrance.

Brookings City Solid Waste cart collections will currently operate as scheduled. 

The City has set up a call line for residents to report downed trees on City property.  It is to be used for trees in alleys, streets or public rights-of-way in Brookings City and County. Please note that this line is not to be utilized for residential private property questions. This line is also available and should be contacted if residents are in need of housing and are displaced. Please contact the line for the above items only at this time. The call line is: 605 - 692 – 2811. 

 Monday the City will start a neighborhood cleanup and will be releasing more information to come. Please pile debris on City boulevards. Please follow the same rules for citywide spring cleanup which does do cleanup in alleyways. The city I asking that residents not put branches in their brown yard waste containers at this time.


7:45 AM Friday - City and County facilities are currently closed. We are asking that individuals please keep away from damaged areas and that they please continue to conserve water. There is currently no estimated time for power coming back on. We will give more updates as we receive more information.

The City has set up a call line for residents It is to be used for trees in alleys, streets or public rights-of-way in Brookings City and County. Please note that this line is not to be utilized for residential private property. This line is also available and should be contacted if residents are in need of housing and are displaced. The call line is: 605 - 692 – 2811.

Brookings residents. Please be extremely cautious when approaching and crossing railroad crossings on Main Street and on 22nd Avenue. Arms of the crossings may be damaged or in-operational and may not come down or operate correctly if a train passes through. Please slow down and check for an approaching train before crossing.

The Brookings Public Library will be closed Friday, May 13th.


10:00 PM Thursday – The City of Brookings has been canvassing town clearing downed trees and debris from city streets which are currently 70 percent cleared. Crews were pulled for the evening due to lightning as a safety precaution. Crews will continue to clear streets Friday morning starting at 7 a.m. Staff has asked for residents to refrain from driving on streets with downed trees to allow crews access for cleanup purposes. Brookings Municipal Utilities (BMU) is currently working to restore power. Five lines are currently down and BMU is working with WAPPA to restore the power. There is currently no estimated time that power will be back on. The City of Brookings is asking that residents please remain of off streets due to downed power lines and gas leaks which are a safety concern.  Brookings Police Department has asked that residents not call dispatch to report trees fallen on private property. They are working diligently taking calls reporting safety concerns. Please contact your insurance company to gather information necessary to report damage. City solid waste collections will be assessed Friday morning. The Brookings Public Library will be closed Friday. The Brookings Regional Landfill is closed at this time and will provide updates when it reopens. The City will be releasing another press release once damage has been assessed to provide residents with further details.





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