“What do I want to see a century from now? No dams on the Missouri River. None.” Stephen Ambrose – Author of Undaunted Courage

I was going to write a satirical piece about all the taxpayer dough that is spilling into Ft. Pierre and Dakota Dunes to save the McMansions, but I wish no ill-harm on anyone, even the arrogant and the rich, so I will take more of a serious approach to the irony.

First let’s look at the projected flood maps of Sioux City.

Most areas are in the 4 foot range. A map south of Jefferson SD down before you get to Dakota Dunes shows 2′ over I-29.  More as you approach the Big Sioux delta (see all the maps here).

Now let’s talk about the rich benefitting from democratic socialism (from a South DaCola foot soldier);

The GOvernor’s press conference yesterday mentioned that the 2 blackhawk helicopters bagging at Dakota Dunes were borrowed from Nebraska. All 6 of South Dakota’s were federalized and overseas. For the war(s). Daugaard was trying to borrow another one to have 3 flying.  He said the streets in Dakota Dunes were designed to slow traffic and stuff (gated?) so the sand trucks could not get in there and turn around to dump a sand berm.  Plus the storm sewers empty into the river so it will come up those first into the development if they are not plugged.

Those conferences are a CYA with some tea-party words to live by about taking care of your own property.

One of the state engineers said that the spillway at Pierre would not be opened for this event unless it was a catastrophic shit storm.  So I think some of the old infrastructure is not all that trustworthy.

This may also be part of the problem (SNARK)

But governor DooGard only thinks we need to use all of our FIBERS;

“We’re strong, self reliant and we’re going to fight this flood with every fiber of our being and were going to do everything we can to minimize it’s effects,” said Daugaard.

Isn’t it ironic that Doogard talks about ‘self reliance’ while the rich Republicans that piss and moan about taxes are benefitting from the social benefits of those taxes, such as the National Guard coming in to protect their homes from flooding? How does socialism feel now? According to Dakota Dunes website, shouldn’t they be exempt from receiving these benefits? Sounds like they pride themselves on self-reliance and not contributing to that icky socialism;


· No personal state income tax
· No corporate state income tax
· No personal property tax
· No business inventory tax
· No inheritance tax
· No local sales tax

So who is getting stuck with the bill? We will. But as the above foot soldier points out;

If a state gave companies incentives to relocate to a corporate “city” with private security and no local government, who should get sued when the residents lose all the shit they own?

How can they sue the Feds when they don’t believe in what the Feds are doing? I mean, if you are anti-socialism, you can’t complain when a socialist entity like the National Guard fails to protect your homes. Right? Read more about Dakota Dunes and their backdoor buddy.

I merely posted this piece for discussion. Like I said above, I wish no harm on ANYONE, no matter who you are, rich or poor. I would love to put out a gigantic H/T to the foot soldier who provided me all of this info thru several emails. They will remain Anon. I would also like to say good luck to a National Guardsman I know who got called up to help with the efforts. They couldn’t have a finer person on the team.


#1 scott on 06.03.11 at 7:50 am

you’d think from watching kelo that the flood begins at pierre and ends at dakota dunes. screw everything in between and beyond.

#2 Pathloss on 06.03.11 at 8:16 am

Development down and next to the river was based on 100 year flood plain potential. Seems an appropriate guideline. What’s happened is the exception. Not that I’m religious but more an ‘Act of God’ than policy flaw. The public can offer help but the general population is not responsible for those who built low.
There’s no indication of just how bad the flood will be. Considering present predictions error, I fear levees will not hold and most areas will be lost. The rich will not need FEMA trailers and they shouldn’t get a check. The poor may have better housing than before and there’ll be lots of federal help with excess or recycled homes/material/MRE’s headed to reservations where it is desperately needed.

#3 l3wis on 06.03.11 at 9:13 am

PL – You may be right, maybe this is a blessing in disguise?

#4 rufusx on 06.03.11 at 10:38 am

PL – If I’m not mistaken, the levels of flooding that will be reached ARE all within the 100-year event plain. Development has encroached into that plain BECAUSE the dam system was supposed to prevent it from EVER happening. The “exceptional” element to this particular event is that it is being viewed as a 500-year flood. As I’ve said in another conversation – Welcome to the relaity of global wetting.

#5 mike on 06.03.11 at 10:56 am

I did not know that about the dunes. Very interesting…

#6 l3wis on 06.03.11 at 11:11 am

I guess the private homeowners built their own dikes, that is why the Guard has to drop sandbags by copter because they cannot drive over the private dikes.

#7 anominous on 06.03.11 at 2:45 pm

No FEMA for you. Srsly.

#8 concern liberal on 06.03.11 at 11:12 pm

Perhaps it is God’s wrath upon Dakota Dunes for its support of the Hyperion Project. If you remember right,
it was the precincts in Dakota Dunes which gave the Hyperion project the 50+ victory in the Union county special election a couple of years ago…

#9 John2 on 06.03.11 at 11:27 pm

Here’s the lifestyle you’re subsidizing. Levee building and sandbagging to protect riverside swimming pools.


These are the same federal welfare queen hypocrites who curse the “gubermint” in nearly every breath.

For a “master-planned” community the so-called planning that built Dakota Dunes into two flood plains (Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers) was breath-takingly stupid.

The mission of the dams is flood control – not flood prevention. Building and permitting building in the flood plain is stupid is, stupid gets.

This is a man-made disaster. It would hardy be a story if there was no building in the flood plain. Flooding in a flood plain is a question of when; not if.

#10 rufusx on 06.04.11 at 10:15 am

Yes, Dakota Dunes is indeed a bastian of right-wingedness – and of the associated moral hypoocrisy.

#11 l3wis on 06.04.11 at 2:01 pm

J2 – that picture is priceless. Yeah, building a home on a floodplain is kinda stupid.

#12 Jim on 06.04.11 at 5:36 pm

Your morons. Regular peoples homes are being flooded because the dam was not opened much earlier. When you come to realize it is not an us vs them thing perhaps the bitterness you call snarky will go away and you can look at issues as they truly are. I will add a friend of mines family is going to lose their home to the flooding and it is not some mcmansion.

#13 l3wis on 06.04.11 at 9:25 pm

Jim – I think I was pretty clear that I don’t wish ill-harm on anyone, even the working class citizens that will be affected, but the working class citizens won’t be the ones bitching about their taxes when the National Guard and FEMA come to help, it’s the people who own the McMansions in the gated community of Dakota Dunes.

#14 l3wis on 06.06.11 at 4:33 am

Interesting read: