As the KELOLAND Storm Center tracks more storms in the weather center, thousands are still without power in western South Dakota.
According to the South Dakota Rural Electric Association, 2,800 of their customers are without power. And Black Hills Power says a little more than 2,680 of those customers are without power as of Friday morning.
It was just one week ago that a massive snow storm hit the Black Hills area. The storm left several feet of snow in its wake.
Now crews from South Dakota, Minnesota and private contractors are restoring power non-stop. Some of the crews say restoring power has been tough because they are dealing with tough terrain and harsh elements.
Crews say they have been running into problems restoring service due to the snow, downed trees and muddy conditions from the melting snow.
“First we were dealing with the snow in the first part of the week and with the warm temperatures that is all melted and now we're dealing with the mud. So it does make it hard to get around,” West River Electric operations manager Mike Letcher said.
The rain that is moving through the area over the weekend and into next week may push crews back a bit, but crews say they are prepared for anything.
“It is already saturated ground; we are talking a real mess in western South Dakota. It is a good possibility for flooding,” KELOLAND Meteorologist Scot Mundt said.
Some electric companies hope to have power restored by this weekend, but that depends on how set back they get because of the weather.