Power outages reported across Black Hills region
UPDATE (5:05 p.m.) — The Black Hawk Fire Department has opened the station as a shelter for residents without power. Mead County Emergency Management has made a request on Twitter for local snowmobiles to report to the station to help transport residents to the shelter.
UPDATE (4:40 p.m.) — Black Hills Energy is experiencing power outages in the Black Hawk area and along Highway 79 West. The outages affect about 1,600 customers.
The outages were reported at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday, and crews have responded with restoration efforts that will take place in the next two to four hours.
BLACK HILLS, S.D. — A number of power outages have been reported in the area as winds increase.
Areas of Rapid City, Box Elder and Deadwood have experienced outages. West River Electric, Black Hills Energy, and Black Hills Energy Cooperative have all reported outages and have been able to restore power to some areas. In winter storm events, power companies will do all they can to restore power as quickly as possible, but they are as dependent on road conditions as anyone else.
If your power goes out, see if your neighbors have power. If they do, check your home for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. If your neighbors are also without power, call your provider to inform them of the outage.
Never attempt to touch or pick up a fallen power line and make sure children and pets stay away. Be sure to call your provider if you notice a fallen power line.
In instances of a long power outage, do not open your refrigerator or freezer more than necessary. Frozen food will remain frozen in most freezers for 12 to 48 hours.