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Engineering

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Posted on: July 19, 2017

1st Avenue NW Railroad Crossing Closure Project

Construction on 1st Avenue NW from 3rd Street to Kemp Avenue will begin on Monday, July 24th, 2017.  The project consists of removing the existing at grade railroad crossing with 1st Avenue NW.  A cul-de-sac style turn-a-round will be co...

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Rail Crossing Closure Map
Posted on: March 21, 2017

City of Watertown Permits Required

In Watertown, we value our property, our neighbors, and our environment.  We know we are lucky to live in a community with attractive and enriching bodies of water, but are also aware of the challenges they can pose from time to time.  A...Read on...


Fire Department

30 Stories
Posted on: July 23, 2017

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to house and garage fire.

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to the area of 1st St and 5th Ave NW at 11:13 am on Sunday July 23 for a house and garage fire.  On scene crews found fire burning the siding on the house, front of an unattached garage, a fence and a Pontiac Fiero...Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2017

WFR responds to multiple MVC's

WFR responded to two separate vehicle accidents on Saturday 7/22/2017. The first accident was at 11:47am at the intersection of Maple and Kemp. Engine 3 responded and cleaned up a small amount of oil and gas from the accident. There were no injur...Read on...

Posted on: July 20, 2017

WFR called to a 2 vehicle accident on Hwy 212 and 26th St SE

WFR crews were dispatched to a 2 vehicle accident on Hwy 212 in front of Culver's restaurant. Rescue 51 and Medic 1 responded along with WPD and SD Highway Patrol. Medic crews assessed 2 patients but neither were transported to the hospital. Rescue 51 cre...Read on...

Posted on: July 17, 2017

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to reported kitchen fire.

Watertown Fire Rescue was dispatched to the 1300 block of 1st Ave NE for a reported kitchen fire on Monday July 17th at 8:20 PM.  On scene crews found light smoke throughout the house from a small fire that had started from unattended food left o...Read on...

Posted on: July 17, 2017

WFR responds to rollover accident on N. Lake Drive

WFR Rescue 51 and Medic 3 responded to a one vehicle rollover at N. Lake Drive near the area of Sunset Drive. WFR found one vehicle that lost control on the curves and slid down a steep embankment before coming to a rest on its roof on the bike path below...Read on...

Posted on: July 17, 2017

WFR responds to baler fire on I-29

Shortly after 1:00pm on 7/17/2017 WFR was called to a tractor fire on I-29 around the area of MM 174. WFR responded with Engine 2, Tender 1, and Brush 2, when crews arrived they found a New Holland baler on fire in the ditch along with a grass fire. Crews...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2017

WFR responds to apartment fire

WFR responded to an apartment fire at 623 6th St NE. Upon arrival all occupants had evacuated the building, and there was smoke coming out of the upstairs apartment window. WFR was able to quickly extinguish the fire. The fire started due to cooking that ...Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2017

Watertown Fire Responds to UTV accident

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a UTV accident on 7/15/2017 at 2028. Watertown Fire Rescue Responded to the Area of 1st. St. NW and Highland Blvd. west. Upon arrival on scene Watertown Fire Rescue personal found a single UTV that rolled onto its side, ...Read on...

Posted on: July 12, 2017

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to house fire.

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to 1731 3rd Ave SW for a house fire on Tuesday July 11 at 8:16 PM.  Upon arrival, crews found a 1 1/2 story house with smoke showing from the roof vents.  Crews encountered heavy smoke and extreme heat upo...Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2017

WFR responds to two separate vehicle accidents

WFR responded to two separate vehicle accidents on Tuesday 7/11/2017. The first accident was at 4th Ave and 10th St SW at approx 10 am. Rescue 51 responded and cleaned up a small amount of oil from the accident. There were no injuries. The second accident...Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2017

3 Vehicle Collision

Watertown Fire Rescue

WFR was dispatched to a 3 vehicle collision at the intersection of US Hwy 212 and Hwy 20. Two ambulances and 1 Engine were dispatched to the scene. All drivers and occupants were evaluated by Medical Units and all declined to be transported to PLH. Engine...Read on...

Posted on: July 6, 2017

WFR responds to a two vehicle collision

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Hwy 81 SE and 4th Ave SE. Upon arrival found that the vehicles had collided head on and had fluids leaking. Both drivers were evaluated by paramedics, both refused treatment...Read on...

Posted on: July 4, 2017

WFR responds to motorcycle Crash

Engine 3 and Medic 3 called to a Motorcycle crash in the area of 14th Ave and 22nd St. NW.  On scene EMS found a motorcycle in a front yard after hitting a light pole.  Engine 3 assisted Medic 3 with patent care.  Pt was transpo...Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2017

WFR Responds to Grass Fire

WFR dispatched two brush trucks to the area of 454th Ave and 7th St SW for a grass fire.  Units on scene found a small area burning in the ditch.  Crews quickly extinguished the flames and monitored the area for any other hot spots. &...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2017

Vehicle rollover lands in river

At 15:54 - Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a single vehicle rollover with injuries at the intersection of 175th St. SE and 458th Ave SE. Upon arrival - WFR members found the vehicle had left the roadway, struck a culvert and flipped landing on its top ...Read on...

Posted on: June 29, 2017

Watertown Fire Responds to rural house fire

WFR responded to a house fire about 3 miles Southeast of Watertown at approximately 11:00 am Thursday, June 29, 2017.  Upon arrival, crews found a fully engulfed residence.  The attached garage had already collapsed and the fire unfortun...Read on...

Posted on: June 28, 2017

WFR Responds to Stove Top Fire

Shortly before 1:00 pm on June 28th, 2017, Watertown Fire Rescue was dispatched to 1212 Skyline Dr for a fire on top of a stove.  Upon arrival, the fire was out.  It was discovered that a package of food was placed over a gas burner that...Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2017

WFR called to barn fire

WFR was called to a barn on fire at 17638 453 Ave, which is approximately 4 miles south of town. The call came in just after 330 pm and crew arrived to an old wooden barn fully engulfed in flames. Crews were able to protect surrounding buildings and then ...Read on...

Posted on: November 15, 2016

Engine 3 responds to vehicle accident at Hwy 81 / 175th St S at 0503.

Engine 3 responded to a vehicle accident at Hwy 81 / 175th St S at 0503, no patients found.

Posted on: November 14, 2016

Serenity Drive Fire Alarm

Wtn Fire Department responded to 2412 Serenity Drive South for a report of smoke in the basement. All occupants were reported out of the home. WFD units from both Station 1 and 2 were dispatched - upon arrival fire crews entered the home to find light smo...Read on...

Posted on: November 10, 2016

WFR responds to 2 vehicle accident

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to 19th Ave and 5th St SE for a 2 vehicle accident Thursday evening at 6:01 PM.  On scene personnel found a 2014 Ford Escape had struck a deer and was then struck in the left rear quarter by a 2013 Cadillac SRX. &a...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Engine 3 called to a two vehicle crash

Engine 3, Medic 4 and Medic 2 were called to a two vehicle crash at 730 AM with a report of multiple injuries. The crash occurred on west hwy 212 and 28th St. south. Both vehicles obtained major damage and were towed. Jaws were used to extricate ...Read on...

Posted on: November 2, 2016

Engine 3 responds to vehicle accident at 1535.

Engine 3 and Medic 3, responded to a two vehicle accident at B Ave and 17th St NE. One vehicle ended up on it's side, with the driver unable to get out by herself. Ultimately, the patient was able to be removed through the sun roof of the vehicle. Nobody ...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2016

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to motor vehicle accident

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to the intersection of 19th St and 7th Ave NE Monday at approximately 2015 for a pickup vs motorcycle accident. On scene WFR personnel found a Ford Ranger had been attempting to turn west on 7th Ave when it struck a Honda ...Read on...

Posted on: September 6, 2016

Vehicle Fire

Sept. 6th, 2016 - 17:02 ------ Watertown Fire Rescue received a 911 tone for a Vehicle fire in the vicinity of the playground in the North ridge Addition. Engine 3 responded with a crew of three. While en route WPD advised that the vehicle was in the str...Read on...

Posted on: August 26, 2016

SUV Rolls Near Watertown High School

Watertown Fire Rescue was called out at 08:11 am on Friday, August 26, 2016 to the west parking lot of the Watertown High School for a vehicle that had rolled. A SUV was found lying on it's passenger side near the north end of the parking. There was on...Read on...

Posted on: August 24, 2016

WFR responds to a deck on fire

At 3:15 on August 24, WFR responded to a deck on fire at 6 5th Ave NW. When WFR arrived on scene there was a 4' by 4' deck that was fully engulfed. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it was able to spread up the exterior of the structure...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2016

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to Highway 212 accident

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to Highway 212 and 54th St SW Monday morning, 8/15/16 at 8:39 AM for a 2 vehicle traffic accident. WFR personnel arrived on scene to find a 2016 GMC Acadia had struck the right side of a tool freight truck. The Acadia sus...Read on...

Posted on: July 31, 2016

Watertown Fire Rescue responds to 2 vehicle MVA

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to 20th Ave and 5th St SE Sunday at 5:19 PM for a 2 vehicle MVA. Fire and EMS units arrived on scene to find a Ford F150 had struck a Chrysler Town and Country minivan on the passenger side with the pickup coming to rest o...Read on...

Posted on: July 30, 2016

WFR Responds to Two Vehicle Collision

Watertown Fire Rescue was dispatched to the intersection of Maple St and 6th Ave NE for a two vehicle collision. The alarm came in at approximately 2:30 pm on Saturday, July 30, 2016. A black Dodge Durango collided with a silver Buick Le Sabre. The dri...Read on...


Home Page Watertown News

15 Stories
Posted on: July 24, 2017

1st Ave.S.Two-Way Conversion Reminder

The Watertown Street Department would like to remind drivers that 1st Ave S. from 3rd St. W. to Hwy. 81 will be converted from a one-way street to a two-way street tomorrow, July 25th, 2017 at 5 AM.

During this conversion there will be a new 4-way stop installed at the intersection of 1st Ave S. & S. Broadway and a two-way stop will be in place at the intersection of 1st Ave S. & 3rd St. W., stopping east and west bound traffic. Due to the u...Read on...
Posted on: July 23, 2017

Watertown Fire Rescue Responds to House and Garage Fire

Watertown Fire Rescue responded to the area of 1st St and 5th Ave NW at 11:13 a.m. on Sunday July 23 for a house and garage fire.

On scene crews found fire burning the siding on the house, front of an unattached garage, a fence and a Pontiac Fiero parked in the driveway. The fire was also fueled by 3 - 20 lb propane tanks next to the garage.  WFR was able to quickly knock d...Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2017

WFR Responds to Multiple Vehicle Crashes

WFR responded to two separate vehicle accidents on Saturday 7/22/2017.

The first accident was at 11:47am at the intersection of Maple and Kemp. Engine 3 responded and cleaned up a small amount of oil and gas from the accident. There were no injuries. The second accident was at 7:12pm on Willow Creek Dr. adjacent to Hobby L...Read on...
Posted on: July 20, 2017

WFR Called to a Two Vehicle Accident on Hwy 212 and 26th St SE

WFR crews were dispatched to a two vehicle accident on Hwy 212 in front of Culver's restaurant.

Rescue 51 and Medic 1 responded along with WPD and SD Highway Patrol.  Rescue 51 crew cleaned up debris and antifreeze leaking from one of the vehicles. Both vehicles received enough damage that they needed to be towed away by a local wrecker c...Read on...
Posted on: July 19, 2017

1st Avenue NW Railroad Crossing Closure Project

Construction on 1st Avenue NW from 3rd Street to Kemp Avenue will begin on Monday, July 24th, 2017. The project consists of removing the existing at grade railroad crossing with 1st Avenue NW.

A cul-de-sac style turn-a-round will be constructed on the east side of the railroad tracks and the street will be abandoned between the tracks and 6th Street NW.  A new section of road will be constructed between 1st Avenue and Kemp Avenue.&...

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Rail Crossing Closure Map
Posted on: July 18, 2017

2017 Mill & Overlay Phase II

The Watertown Street Department will begin phase II of the annual street milling and asphalt overlay program on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017.

This project will start on 10th Ave. N. From Hwy. 81 to 11th St E.  The second location to be milled/overlaid will be 14th Ave. N. from Hwy. 81 to 19th St. E.  The final location to be completed during phase II will be the Summerwood Dev...Read on...

Posted on: July 13, 2017

Transient Contractors

With the severity of the storms that came through the Watertown area earlier this week it is very likely that construction companies unknown to our area as well as individuals or companies who offer Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) will also arrive.

With the severity of the storms that came through the Watertown area earlier this week it is very likely that construction companies unknown to our area as well as individuals or companies who offer Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) will also arrive. Majority o...Read on...

Posted on: July 6, 2017

SCAM ALERT

As part of a recent telephone scam the Watertown Police Department's phone number has been
"spoofed" in order to have the intended target answer the call.

On July 6, 2017 we received a report from a Watertown resident who received this phone scam.  Caller ID showed the number of 605-882-6210 -- WPD's phone number. The caller told the man he was part of a lawsuit and that he needed to meet at the Wa...Read on...

Posted on: June 29, 2017

Watertown Fire Responds to Rural House Fire

WFR responded to a house fire about three miles southeast of Watertown at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Upon arrival, crews found a fully engulfed residence.  The attached garage had already collapsed and the fire unfortunately had spread to the house.   There were three occupants home at the time of the fire, and all we...Read on...
Posted on: May 1, 2017

Summer Reading Programs

Summer reading programs for all ages are coming soon! Sign up for the library's online reading programs here. All of the summer reading programs begins June 1st.

Posted on: April 15, 2017

Temporary Sump Pump Variance - Ended

The temporary variance period for sump pumps to discharge clear water to the sanitary sewer ended April 15th.

The temporary variance period for sump pumps to discharge clear water to the sanitary sewer ended April 15th. Sump pump water must be directed to your yard or another acceptable location and not to the sanitary sewer. Removing sump pump water from the ...Read on...
Posted on: April 17, 2017

2017 Street Asphalt Mill & Overlay Project

The Watertown Street Department will be resurfacing several roadways this summer. To view the proposed project roadways, click on the attached maps below.

The Watertown Street Department will be resurfacing several roadways this summer. To view the proposed project roadways, click on the attached maps below.

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Posted on: April 17, 2017

2017 Street Chip Seal Project

The Watertown Street Department will be chip sealing several roadways this summer. To view the proposed project roadways, click on the attached map below.

The Watertown Street Department will be chip sealing several roadways this summer. To view the proposed project roadways, click on the attached map below.

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Posted on: March 21, 2017

City of Watertown Permits Required

The Engineering Department regulates land disturbing activities by requiring permits for Excavation, Floodplain, Grading, Sidewalk-Approach-Curb/Gutter & Street Cut. They also require a "Permit to Place Building Materials on Streets".

In Watertown, we value our property, our neighbors, and our environment.  We know we are lucky to live in a community with attractive and enriching bodies of water, but are also aware of the challenges they can pose from time to time.  A...Read on...

Posted on: May 18, 2017

Project Stand Up

Project Stand Up

The Watertown Police Department and Codington Count Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce participation in the Stand Up Project.

The Watertown Police Department and Codington Count Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce participation in the Stand Up Project. Below is a media release from the Office of South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley. This will be a great too...Read on...


Police Department

6 Stories
Posted on: July 19, 2017

1st Ave South to Become Two-Way Traffic

Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Rob Beynon, Street Superintendent

1st Ave S. from 3rd St. W. to Hwy. 81 will be converted from a one-way street to a two-way street on July 25th, 2017 at 5 AM. During this conversion there will be a new 4-way s...

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Posted on: July 13, 2017

Transient Contractors

With the severity of the storms that came through the Watertown area earlier this week it is very likely that construction companies unknown to our area as well as individuals or companies who offer Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) will also arrive. Majority o...Read on...

Posted on: July 6, 2017

SCAM ALERT

As part of a recent telephone scam the Watertown Police Department's phone number has been "spoofed" in order to have the intended target answer the call. On July 6, 2017 we received a report from a Watertown resident who received this phone sc...Read on...
Posted on: July 5, 2017

Vehicle Burglaries

Over the 4th of July weekend, the Watertown Police Department has taken several reports of thefts from motor vehicles in the Watertown area. The suspects were entering unsecured vehicles and garages in the attempt of stealing anything of value. The Water...Read on...
Posted on: May 18, 2017

Project Stand Up

Project Stand Up

The Watertown Police Department and Codington Count Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce participation in the Stand Up Project. Below is a media release from the Office of South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley. This will be a great too...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2017

Watertown PD Traffic Safety Team Announces Texting And Driving Mobilization

Stop Texting The Watertown Police Department is partnering with area law enforcement agencies to bring increased awareness to the dangers of distracted driving. The WPD is currently running campaigns to educate the public of the dangers and consequences of texting an...Read on...

Regional Landfill (Solid Waste)

1 Story
Posted on: July 23, 2017

The week of Monday, July 24, 2017 Recycle Route B is Collected and Ordering Containers

Public Service Announcement Watertown Sanitation Department Recycle Update & Plastic The week of Monday, July 24, 2017 Recycle Route B is collected. Recycle Route B is south of 3rd Ave N. For Single Stream recycling co-mingle all recycle materia...Read on...

Street Department

4 Stories
Posted on: July 24, 2017

1st Ave.S.Two-Way Conversion Reminder

The Watertown Street Department would like to remind drivers that 1st Ave S. from 3rd St. W. to Hwy. 81 will be converted from a one-way street to a two-way street tomorrow, July 25th, 2017 at 5 AM. During this conversion there will be a new 4-way stop in...Read on...

Posted on: July 18, 2017

2017 Mill & Overlay Phase II

The Watertown Street Department will begin phase II of the annual street milling and asphalt overlay program on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017.  This project will start on 10th Ave. N. From Hwy. 81 to 11th St E.  The second location to be mi...Read on...

Posted on: April 17, 2017

2017 Street Chip Seal Project

The Watertown Street Department will be chip sealing several roadways this summer. To view the proposed project roadways, click on the attached map below.

Read on...
Posted on: April 17, 2017

2017 Street Asphalt Mill & Overlay Project

The Watertown Street Department will be resurfacing several roadways this summer. To view the proposed project roadways, click on the attached maps below.

Read on...

Wastewater

1 Story
Posted on: April 15, 2017

Temporary Sump Pump Variance - Ended

The temporary variance period for sump pumps to discharge clear water to the sanitary sewer ended April 15th. Sump pump water must be directed to your yard or another acceptable location and not to the sanitary sewer. Removing sump pump water from the sa...Read on...