Storm winds down; KOTA Territory digs out from two feet of snow - KOTA Territory News

Storm winds down; KOTA Territory digs out from two feet of snow


Another night of heavy snowfall lasting into Wednesday morning, keeping many schools, businesses and local government offices across the state closed.

A record-setting spring storm finally winds down in KOTA Territory.

20 inches. That was Tuesday, making it the snowiest day ever recorded in Rapid City.
Then the snow kept falling into Wednesday. Totals in Rapid city grew to more than 2 feet or 24 inches.

Business owners in town are now out in full force, along side the Rapid City Parks Department and Destination Rapid City trying to clear a path along sidewalks, in an attempt to get back to normal.

But, Rapid City Police continue to urged residents not to travel in the city again on Wednesday, unless it was absolutely necessary.

Plows have been able to access most of the main roads, but many other roads remain impassable. Those who got the day off of work, again, continue to dig out. The heavy, wet snow is making for back-breaking work.
"Spring snow, it's heavy, it's wet, a lot of work. Looks like we're going to be pushing snow for a little while. I'll tell you that much, it just doesn't want to let up," says Tanner Engle, out shoveling snow.
"We know that people will be trying to get out tomorrow kids will be wanting to get to school and when we want to get some of these passage ways opened up so people can get to where they need to go. April is still winter," says Parks Division Director Lon VanDeusen.
Don Brumbaugh, Street Division Superintendent for Rapid City says, all the main roads were completed at Noon Wednesday.

He says every piece of equipment available, is now being moved to residential areas, and will be working around the clock until they finish.

Places that were fortunate enough to be plowed out Tuesday, will need to be re-plowed again, after the heavy snow that fell Tuesday night.
No areas are scheduled to be done before others, he says by noon Thursday they hope to have all the streets clear.

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