Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Eastern Montana
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We live in one of the hardest hit areas of western SD. The northern Black Hills. We know several ranching families who won't likely recover from this storm as they lost 50-90% of their herds. Where we board our horses, one of the barns collapsed...the one with our horses in it. How they made it out to their runs without a scratch I'll never know, but they were being watched over somehow. The barn is a total loss. We got over 30 inches with winds up to 70mph. We were without power for several days but other than boredom, came through that unscathed.
However, on the last day of the storm as the highways opened I drove into the Wyoming side of the Black Hills to check on some elderly friends of mine. They were stranded without power for four days before we could get to them. The wife decided that when the storm broke she would walk for help as her husband has kidney failure, congestive heart failure and slight dementia. Long story short we picked her up off of the highway after she struggled through waist deep drifts, got an ambulance called for her husband and got her down in to town. Her 95 year old mother wa rushed to the hospital after being out of power and no heat (she lives in town) and is now in a nursing home on hospice care. We are actually VERY lucky that extreme cold did not come with this storm, as many, many elderly would have died with not heat.
The good Lord saved many of my friends and family during this storm while wreaking havoc on others. All are safe an sound physically and livestock and buildings can be replaced and it is times like this where I love living in the Dakotas as neighbors pull together and take care of one another.
It is raining HARD again today and we are expecting 2-3 inches of rain with 79 mph winds. As soon a it is light out I am going to blanket horses as they no longer have a shelter...it collapsed in last storm. Wish us luck!
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