Brookings community preparing for expected storm

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BROOKINGS, S.D. (KELO) — Many communities in KELOLAND are bracing for the arrival of what’s expected to be a significant spring storm. One location that looks to bear a heavy brunt of the storm is the Brookings area. 

A light rain fell in Brookings early Tuesday evening. Before long, heavy snow is expected.

“This afternoon our city crews have been working very hard at getting all the city plows, all the snow equipment ready in anticipation for the snow event tomorrow,” City Manager Paul Briseno said.

Brookings County Emergency Manager Bob Hill says the county has its eye on available shelter.

“We’ve contacted all the local hotels to see how many vacancies they have, because this storm won’t, one of the main things that they’re doing with this particular storm is they’re advising no travel,” Hill said. “So, just in case we get a Greyhound bus or a school bus stranded, we are going to know where to put those people so we don’t have to open a shelter hopefully.”

He says to be ready with “24 to 36 hours”‘ worth of supplies, should you need them.

“We got excellent first responders, but we don’t want to call them out for someone doing something stupid,” Hill said. “So get your supplies tonight, if at all possible.”

“The best thing you can do is probably stay home or just be fully aware of the snow event coming to our area,” Briseno said.

Due to the pending storm, South Dakota State University is cancelling classes from tomorrow evening through Friday Morning.

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