Emergency Operations Center Update for October 8th
As of 9 a.m., the City and County agencies continue to respond to issues related to the winter storm Atlas. Responding agencies are transitioning from storm response to recovery, with a main focus on restoring power, clearing roads, and removing debris.
· Arterial and collector streets are passable and residential roads have been cleared.
· Over 60 pieces of heavy equipment were used to clean roadways.
· Please be patient as crews are continuing to work.
· Yield to power crews in the roadway and allow them to work.
· Power crews are working around the clock to restore services to all customers.
· Residents may continue to experience intermittent power outages as crews work to reenergize the system.
· 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
· Rapid City Water Division officials report no issues related to water services.
· 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 off.
· 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:
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 or less.
· 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
· For question about livestock contact the South Dakota Animal Industry Board
· City and County offices, as well as 7th Circuit Court have re-opened.
· Rapid City Area Schools remain closed on Tuesday the 8th of October.
· Rapid City Schools will be open Wednesday the 9th. Due to the snow days this week the school will not have early release tomorrow, Oct. 9th. Students will be in school for a full day
· The American Red Cross Shelter located at Central High School in Rapid City closed at 12:00 p.m. on October 7, 2013.
· The Spearfish shelter located the Spearfish Recreation Center will remain open until further notice.
· The Lead shelter located at the Day’s Inn in Lead will remain open until further notice.
· In Rapid City, call 2-1-1 if you have questions about who to contact for storm-related issues. Homeowners needing assistance with storm-related cleanup can contact 2-1-1.