As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, the City
and County agencies continue to respond to issues related to the winter storm
Atlas. Responding agencies transitioned from storm response to recovery, with a
main focus on restoring power, clearing roads, and removing debris.
- Rapid City roads are
passable. People are encouraged to use caution as they travel through the
city due to hanging branches and downed tree debris.
- All county maintained
roads have at least one lane open except the very east end of County Road.
This does not include township roads, district roads or maintained subdivision
- Please be patient as
crews are continuing to work to restore service to all customers.
- Yield to power crews in
the roadway and allow them to work.
- Residents may continue
to experience intermittent power outages as crews work to reenergize the
- Homeowners with damage
to their power meter mast will need to have a licensed electrician repair the
damaged mast before power can be restored to their home.
- The City is waiving the
normally required electrical inspection for repairs on electrical masts for up
to 30 days.
- Officials are urging
residents to stay away from down power lines. Down lines may be energized.
- Visit the following
sites for up dated power information
- City and County
officials continue to work on a plan for debris management.
- Three (3) Branch and
tree debris drop off sites are now opened to the public. They are located
at: Central State
Fitzgerald Stadium (off Sheridan Lake Road)
Civic Center Overflow Parking Lot (off 5th Street)
Hours of operation are 7
a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents are asked to cut branches to a length of 6 feet
- The Landfill is NOT
accepting brush and limbs at this time. Residents taking branch debris to
the landfill we will re-directed to a branch drop off site.
- Be Cautious around
fallen or partially fallen trees.
- Do not let children play
around or near fallen trees and or debris.
- As schools start to open
remind your children to stay away from all downed power lines.
- 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.
- 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
- Expect to see water
levels of Rapid Creek rise as a result of continued releases of water from the
Pactola Reservoir. Residents are asked to stay away from the bike
- 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
- For question about
livestock contact the South Dakota Animal Industry Board
- Red Cross Shelters at
the Spearfish Recreation Center and the Day's Inn in
Lead are currently open today but will be closing today or
residents impacted by the recent Black Hills snow storm can call the Helpline
Center's hotline by dialing 2-1-1 for storm information, resources and
If you have questions or
need resources for storm-related issues such as debris removal, electrical
repairs, roof damage, basic needs such as food, shelter, or animal removal from
agricultural properties, just dial 2-1-1. Callers experiencing emotional
distress can also call for listening and support or to find counseling
resources. Agencies needing volunteers, and volunteers wanting to help, should
dial 2-1-1 for assistance.