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        10-11-2013, 06:55 AM
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    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.
         
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        10-11-2013, 07:26 AM
      #12
    Foal
    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!

    Cheers,
    Les
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        10-11-2013, 07:34 AM
      #13
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by boots    
    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.
    3 years ago a storm hit the area you are talking about...Harding County, Perkins County etc. And more than 2,000 poles went down. I have friends in that area that were without power for 5-6 months. One rancher had to use his sleigh team (luckily he feeds with them in the winter) to get to town to buy generators and gas to keep well pumps running, fridges on etc. A hardy bunch of people live in that country. I know of few people in other places that would take months without power in stride an not complain.

    Cheers,
    Les
         
        10-11-2013, 07:37 AM
      #14
    Foal
    I just got an email from a good friend of mine...his sister and her husband lost 15 colts, 60 calves and over 600 head of cattle lost and unaccounted for. They are out looking for them now on snow machine and horseback but fences are down all over and this is big, big country. Pray for them!

    Cheers,
    Les
         
        10-11-2013, 02:58 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Les I'm glad you & yours made it through. My mother lost a pregnant mare & the foal, she tried to foal during the storm. We got her buried yesterday. It's been nice to see how everyone pulls together for clean up. I hope your friend finds their cattle holed up in a protected spot alive & well. Send positive thoughts their way!
         
        10-11-2013, 04:37 PM
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    Les & BB, Thanks for sharing your experiences & giving some first had insight to the situation
         
        10-11-2013, 06:58 PM
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    Originally Posted by LesandLily    
    3 years ago a storm hit the area you are talking about...Harding County, Perkins County etc. And more than 2,000 poles went down. I have friends in that area that were without power for 5-6 months. One rancher had to use his sleigh team (luckily he feeds with them in the winter) to get to town to buy generators and gas to keep well pumps running, fridges on etc. A hardy bunch of people live in that country. I know of few people in other places that would take months without power in stride an not complain.

    Cheers,
    Les
    I remember that storm because it is where my daughter and her family live. I remember, too, that people were forbidden to drive from the area. That was hard to take, though I understand that anyone, at least many, venturing out would have been at risk of getting stuck and the rule had to be made for the whole affected area.

    Never a word on the news outlets.

    Y'all don't need notoriety anyway. SD does have a resilient bunch of people. I hope ranchers don't get negative press from this from those who have no idea what you dealt with.
         
        10-11-2013, 07:42 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    The first time I heard about any of this was this morning. I remember seeing a few articles last week about the area getting some snow, but nothing major was ever mentioned.

    With some of the headlines I see these days I can't believe they didn't have the space to cover this.

    Glad to hear that (for the most part) everyone is okay. Sending good thoughts your way!
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        10-11-2013, 08:33 PM
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    Foal
    My gosh! Sending my thoughts and prayers to these farmers and the poor livestock who perished in this storm.
         
        10-12-2013, 05:38 PM
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    Now that at least CNN and MSNBC have reported a little on the storm and its' horrid toll on livestock, there are discussions starting about what could have been done to protect more animals.

    Here is a link to South Dakota State University's extension website that explains a bit of it. A ranch wife and blogger has another good article and points out that even if the cattle had all been in barns, that may have posed the danger of roofs not holding up, as pointed out in this thread.

    Understanding What Happened | iGrow | SDSU Extension

    As awful as this storm was, we can at least learn about what the animals and the people care about, and for, them were up against.
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