BB Marie - I'm glad you finally got power. Hope you and your neighbors come out of this okay.
Horse people/rural people in places other than South Dakota are a little better at understanding the situation, but I think a lot of people have a hard time conceptualizing the vast space this storm affected. Some also have a hard time understanding what the linemen, ranchers, and others are up against with few roads (which wouldn't be cleared anyway, because the resources are needed in more populated places), the immense drifts, the natural topography of the area.
How many years ago was it that the area north and south of Hwy 212 from east of Faith to the river was hit and people were without power for weeks? I think more people died in that storm and it didn't get attention.