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Flooding on Pine Ridge has caused significant damage to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center (RCREC) and surrounding facilities.

To donate to the RCREC Flood Relief Fund please visit

https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=11875.

*Emergency Flood Relief Fund Created for Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center*

 

RCREC Flood Relief FundOver 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.

Henry Red Cloud's grandchildren being evacuated from the property.

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!

Click here to view a video of the flooding.  Thank you to RE-MEMBER for putting this video together!  Please stay tuned for updates on the situation.

Update from KELOLAND Television (Feb. 17, 2011): http://www.keloland.com/videoarchive/index.cfm?VideoFile=021711pineridge12

The Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center inundated with freezing cold flood waters.
The straw bale house on Henry Red Cloud's property has completely flooded.