Governor and Lieutenant Governor visit Rapid City after winter storm
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem and Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden spoke with first responders Saturday, following last week’s winter storm.
Gov. Noem thanked first responders for their work during the storm that resulted in statewide road closures and countless emergency calls.
Western South Dakota faced intense winds and blowing snow that ranchers had to protect their herds from during calving season. Lt. Gov. Rhoden said that the winter storm likely had a large impact on the livestock industry, though it is too early to predict the effects.
Eastern South Dakota faces a different challenge after the storm. Intense rain and melting snow have flooded many communities, damaging roads and bridges. As this week’s warm weather melts snow in the Dakotas, that water could cause even more damage.
South Dakota is still under the effect of Noem’s state of emergency declaration as many communities face the threat of even more flooding. Gov. Noem is still working to see if the state will qualify for federal funds to help in recovery efforts.