The storm in the Black Hills had an impact on people East River as well.
A Sioux Falls woman is back home after a family vacation out to a cabin in the Black Hills took a turn for the worst.
"We knew the storm was coming but, but didn't anticipate what really was coming," Karen Congdon said.
Congdon and her family had seen the weather forecast before they left Thursday, but decided to head out to the Black Hills for their 10th anniversary anyway.
Once the snow started falling, their vacation turned scary.
"Throughout the day, the electricity had popped on and off. By that night at 6:00, it had gone off and we didn't restore it, so it was 63 hours total that we didn't have electricity," Congdon said.
Not having electricity or water became a challenge when preparing meals. At one point, the family had to resort to cooking Mac and Cheese on the grill.
"We melted snow because we were out of water. So we had to melt the snow and boil it all together. And then the kids had a little lunch," Congdon said.
A snow mobile tried to come rescue the family on Sunday, but was unable to make it through the snow. So they used the day to enjoy their circumstances.
"We did play that last day. It was good. We had some snowball fights, and they got to go sled. So that was fun," Congdon said.
Congdon says even with the day of fun, the experience overall was a little scary for their family.
"When it's out of your control, you just have to relax and pray that everything was fine. And the Lord took care of us, didn't he?" Congdon said.
The family was only able to take what they could carry from the cabin, but they say they are not worried about it right now. They're happy everyone is safe.