Pennington County officials declared a disaster following last week's blizzard -- and today senator John Thune toured the area to see the damage first hand.
On his official twitter page -- Senator Thune shows how he spent his day.
Meeting with Mayor Sam Kooiker and Rapid City Public Works Director Terry Woltorstorff to talk about tree removal and disposal.
He also met with officials from Black Hills Power to hear how crews are doing in restoring power to the region.
The senator spoke with those directly impacted with the storm.
He ended his day with a helicopter tour.
Joining Senator Thune on the helicopter -- Governor Dennis Daugaard , they saw first hand the damage sustained to ranches from the recent snowstorm.
Senator Thune said the sight of the dead cattle was devastating.
News center 1's Shad oOson met up with the Governor and in Washington today, Representative Kristi Noem spoke on the importance of a farm bill.
Rep. Kristi Noem said, “We have a Farm Bill because we need to make sure there are disaster programs to cover situations like this. the livestock programs I authored that are included in the farm bill that needs to be signed into law would help protect some of these families and help them to stay in business in the future.”
Senator Tim Johnson spoke on the senate floor to discuss the impact of the blizzard and highlighted the importance of passing a clean continuing resolution and a comprehensive farm bill.