People in small towns across KELOLAND were struggling with no power. We stopped by Hartford, where the weather put the whole town on pause for the day.
“All of the lights, the streetlights are off. No cars in sight,” said Steve Dummermuth.
Hartford looks like a ghost town today. Without power, there’s not much people can do on this icy day.
Stever Dummermuth manages the Get n Go in town, and says without power they’re turning away business for gas and snacks. They’re even rolling out a freezer full of treats to prevent losing inventory.
“Yeah, we got 19 stores. Down by Cliff and North 60th, we’ll probably be taking it there,” said Dummermuth.
It’s not just the adults using this snow day to work. Without power or school, Noah Dobbs is shoveling snow instead of playing video games.
“It’s kind of heavy. Nothing too terrible though. It’s not like it’s fully iced and hard to shovel. It’s just wet and hard, pretty much. Like wet and heavy,” said Dobbs.
Without power, people might be tempted to drive to Sioux Falls for some electricity. Deputy Phillip Ryan would prefer you stayed home.
“There are some people, plenty of people, still out driving and driving too fast for conditions. So I’m just asking people not only to stay off of the roads, but if they are on the roads to please drive with caution,” said Ryan.
Patience is key right now, and with no word on when power is going to be restored that can be a tall order.
“Yeah, I hope it comes on soon. Because if it doesn’t it might get a little cold in the house. Really wouldn’t want that,” said Dobbs.
“If you’re not ready for snow in April in South Dakota, then I don’t know what you’re doing living here,” said Dummermuth.
Deputy Ryan says while they do prefer everyone stays home today, officials will do their best to rescue anyone who gets stuck in the storm.