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Tree trimmers are busy in Rapid City; people on waiting lists for work

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Homeowners are still seeing the affects of the October Blizzard right in their front yards.

Douglas Shreves, a homeowner in Rapid City, arrived home Saturday to find a Johnson Tree Company crew sawing away damaged in his front yard. "Boy, most of it's from the blizzard," said Shreves. "It was a mess."

Shreves says he's been waiting for weeks for a crew to come out. "Seems like it's been a month we talked to Dave; since he was here," said Shreves. 

David Johnson, Johnson Tree Company president, says the October Blizzard has created quite the waiting list for tree-trim work. "We've got more work than we can possible do, or possibly get done," said Johnson. 

So people needing repair work have to get in line. Johnson says if you call today, it will probably be around two months before those ugly and broken branches are cleaned up. "We're doing our best to take everybody," said Johnson. "We have to base our work on hazardous, aesthetics, and we throw in the mix of those who have been with us for a long time," said Johnson. 

KOTA-TV called other tree trimmers in Rapid City to see about their wait times. The few that commented didn't have nearly as long to wait - about one to three weeks. But some did say that will pick up when the weather gets warmer. "It's not something any of us are really used to. I don't think the customers are really used to it," said Daniel Johnson, a crew member with Johnson Tree Company. 

Daniel Johnson says crews have been working extra hours and weekends to complete projects. "It's hard work," said Johnson.

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