Pennington County road crews clear debris - KOTA Territory News

Pennington County road crews clear debris


Road crews in Pennington County are working around the clock to clear debris from the roads. They have already made progress.

Tim Torpey goes outside to see what the condition of his road is like. The storm hit this area pretty hard and damaged property, including Torpey's. He found out about it from his family.

"By Friday evening they gave me a call and said we think there's a tree on your truck, but we're not sure it looks pretty bad," said Torpey.

At first he didn't think it looked that bad. 

"It was on Monday that I finally got a chance to see my truck and realize that it was a pretty significant sized tree that went through it," said Torpey.

Other neighbors say a lot of trees went down.

"By Friday morning you could start hearing the branches snap, and the loud cracks and the thumps as the snowed tree tops hit the ground. It just kept getting worse," said Gary Graf.

Graf said 16 trees were damaged in his yard alone. Other trees went down on the roads and crews are working to clear them.

"It looked like a war zone. It was completely covered in trees and snow. We had to slowly open a hole and now we're trying to get it more passable for traffic," Ray Kirksey.

While Torpey isn't sure what he'll do about his truck yet, he's thankful for the road crews and the support from his neighbors.

"It's always great to see people chip in emergencies like this, where folks are making sure people had food and water, and the basic essentials."

Highway officials told Pennington County Commissioners they need three, nine man crews over the next few weeks to complete the clean-up.

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