Power outages reported throughout the Southern Hills
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Black Hills Energy says power outages impacted about 1,000 customers in the Southern Hills area of Hill City, Sheridan Lake, Keystone and Custer throughout the day on Tuesday. The outages resulted from heavy wet snow conditions, with between 8 and 18 inches falling in some areas.
Some smaller outages also occurred in Piedmont and Rapid City. As of 3 p.m. power was restored to about 800 customers, and by 4:30 p.m. remaining customers had power again.
Anyone that experiences a power outage should report it to their power company. Black Hills Energy announced that crews plan to work through the early evening hours to support restoration efforts where work and road conditions allow.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, along with businesses in Keystone, announced closures Tuesday due to power outages and winter weather conditions. No travel is advised in Keystone and Hill City, and on Old Hill City Road and Deerfield Road, as plows are having trouble keeping up with snow accumulations.
Motorists are encouraged to drive safely, and stay in if possible — particularly as the temperature drops this evening and roads potentially become more slippery. Flooding is also a concern across creeks and streams in the area.
The storm system will continue to bring widespread precipitation to the Hills, particularly in lower elevations and the plains. Some parts of the Black Hills will continue to have heavy snow throughout the night. Rainfall will gradually decrease on Wednesday, but another storm system is expected to bring additional precipitation on Thursday and Friday.