PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
For Immediate Release
Eagle Butte, South Dakota (January 31, 2010) – Three important announcements for the public on the Cheyenne River Reservation and outlying areas:
1) CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE EMERGENCY WATER DISTRIBUTION.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is coordinating an emergency water distribution system throughout the entire Cheyenne River Reservation on February 1, 2010. Each household is advised to bring their own sanitary water containers to the water distribution sites. The following communities will have emergency water distribution according to the following schedule (approximate times):
WEST END EAST END
Lantry 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Green Grass 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Bear Creek 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. On the Tree Church 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Thunder Butte 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. White Horse 11:45 – 12:45 p.m.
Iron Lightening 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. Promise Day School 1:45 – 2:15 p.m.
Red Scaffold 3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Blackfoot 2:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Takini 4:45 – 5:15 p.m. Swift Bird 4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Bridger 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. Ridgeview 5:45 – 6:15 p.m.
Though several communities have had their water restored, breakages in water pipes have prevented complete restoration. A “boil water” advisory remains in effect for the Reservation by the Tri-County Water Association/Mni Waste’ Water Company.
2) SCHOOL CLOSURES. All reservation schools (Head Start – 12th grade) have been closed on Monday, February 1st, with the exception of the schools in Dupree. The Incident Command Safety Officer, David Nelson, is working with the local city, school and water system officials to determine when a suitable amount of water supply and quality is available. Please contact your local school board or superintendent for more details.
3) TRIBAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES. All in-town tribal employees and Department Heads are required to report to the Tribal Council chambers at 9:00 a.m. Out-of-town employees are encouraged to come into work, however, it is not required if your home has experienced damage due to the storm, power outages or water restoration and/or continues to lack water or power.
Natalie Stites, Information Officer, Incident Command System
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
(715) 896-0158 cell, (605) 964-1313 EOC, firstname.lastname@example.org