Emergency crews transition from response to recovery - KOTA Territory News

Emergency crews transition from response to recovery


As of 11 a.m. Monday, the City and County agencies continue to respond to issues related to the winter storm Atlas. Today responding agencies are transitioning from storm response to recovery, with a main focus on restoring power, clearing roads, and removing debris.



  • Plow crews continue working in the City and County to clear snow from the roadways. Crews will continue plowing main roads and are beginning to move into residential areas.
  • Though much of the snow is melting, many roads still have only one lane plowed. Officials are still asking residents not to drive unless it's an emergency.  If you must drive, slow down, allow extra time to reach your destination, and be cautious of driving on unplowed roads.
  • Down trees and abandoned vehicles may also make driving difficult in certain areas. To report down trees blocking the road, call dispatch at 394-4131.



  • Power crews are working around the clock to restore services to all customers.
  • Officials are urging residents to stay away from down power lines. Down lines may be energized.



  • Rapid City Water Division officials report no issues related to water services.
  • The Rapid City Pennington County Water Rescue Team has been put on notice for possible flooding and/or water damage issues due to the rapidly melting snow and run off.


Debris Management:

  • City and County officials continue to work on a plan for debris management.
  • At this time, Rapid City officials are asking citizens to leave tree branches and debris on their curbs or elsewhere on their property, out of traffic and away from fire hydrants, until drop-off sites are ready. When crews finish plowing residential areas, they will prepare yard waste sites for debris disposal. Yard waste sites are still filled with snow and are not currently ready to accept the debris. When the sites are ready to accept disposals, those locations will be released to the public.



  • As the snow melts, standing water and flooding issues are a concern. Residents who must drive are urged to be careful and watch for standing water on the road. Do not try to drive through standing water.
  • Officials understand that many sidewalks aren't clear, but pedestrians are urged not to walk in the street.
  • To reduce the risk of exposure to Carbon Monoxide; never burn charcoal indoors or in the garage, do not use the gas range or oven for heating, do not leave a car running in the garage and never operate unvented gas-burning appliances in a closed room.
  • When clearing snow and tree debris, make sure fire hydrants remain clear and accessible.
  • Residents shoveling and working to clear to snow and debris from their property should be careful not to overexert themselves. Be wary of exhaustion; take breaks and stay hydrated.
  • People who have been without power should consider the safety of their food. For information on food safety and power outages, please visit: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/emergency-preparedness/keep-your-food-safe-during-emergencies/ct_index

Storm Stats:

  • From Friday-Sunday, the Rapid City Fire Department responded to 304 dispatched incidents.

o   The department estimates that they responded to an additional 300 un-dispatched incidents.

o   13 Structure fires were responded to, many were significant

o   Additional calls include calls for service, medical, electric/gas related, and fire alarms.

  • From Friday-Sunday, the Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County Sheriff's Office received more than 1,100 calls for service.




  • City and County offices, 7th Circuit Court, and Rapid City Area Schools remain closed today.
  • The American Red Cross Shelter located at Central High School in Rapid City will be closing today at 12:00 p.m.

o   Spearfish shelter located the Spearfish Recreation Center will remain open until further notice.

o   Lead shelter located at the Day's Inn in Lead will remain open until further notice.

  • In Rapid City, call 2-1-1 if you have questions about who to contact for storm-related issues. Homeowners needing assistance with storm-related cleanup can contact 2-1-1.
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