Over the past week, the Calico housing area on the Pine Ridge Reservation has experienced severe flooding. Snow melt, ice jams and clogged culverts and bridges caused Calico Creek north of Pine Ridge village to overflow its banks in low-lying areas. The Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) and Lakota Solar Enterprise’s (LSE) offices and shop are now under water.
Now, with a cold front moving back into the area, the situation has become even more dangerous. Henry Red Cloud, owner of LSE, says this is the worst flooding he has ever seen on Pine Ridge.
As of now, it is too early to know the full extent of the damage due to slowly receding waters, but we will continue to post updates as we learn more about the damages. The Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center and LSE provide important jobs to Native Americans living on the reservation, making this recovery effort even more imperative.
We have set-up an emergency relief fund for RCREC and appreciate any help you can provide!
Update from KELOLAND Television (Feb. 17, 2011): http://www.keloland.com/videoarchive/index.cfm?VideoFile=021711pineridge12