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Residents Digging Out In Western SD

Residents Digging Out In Western SD

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Residents in the Black Hills of South Dakota are digging out after a record-setting snowstorm that shut down highways and left thousands without power.

Pennington County Emergency Management spokesman Dustin Willett says law enforcement officials have caught up with a backlog of 911 calls from the blizzard.

Willett says there were no fatalities as a result of the storm. He says about 5,000 people in the county were without power on Sunday morning.

National Weather Service officials say that 21 1/2 inches fell in Rapid City. It set a new record for both a 24-hour period and the month of October in the state’s second largest city.

Willett says emergency officials are shifting gears from a rescue to a recovery operation. That includes removing snow and debris and restoring power.

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