Even during the height of the blizzard, emergency managers
planned for rapid melting of the snow. Now
wind and rain threaten to wreak havoc on the recovery.
Pennington County Emergency Manager Dustin Willett spoke on KOTA
Radio Thursday. He says the main concern now is heavy branches hanging from a
Crews are around the city on planned routes taking care of
problem branches. The priority will be to clear branches near schools first.
However, crews will not finish the job before the winds and
rain start tomorrow, so he stresses to exercise extreme caution.
"If we lost a child who was playing and got caught up in a line that became energized.
If we lose a homeowner who's trying to help their neighbor or
help their own property and a branch falls out of a tree due to a wind gust and
kills a citizen to lose somebody now would just be beyond tragic," said Willett.
His office is also bracing for flooding, having been in contact with water rescue teams. He says people should contact his office if they see debris piling up against bridge abutments.