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Residents Deal With Power Outages, Broken Tree Branches

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Utility crews are working around the clock to try and get the power back on in the southwest corner of the state.

At least eight hundred people are still without power after heavy snow pummels much of the southwest corner of the state.

Don Franklund with Mor-Gran-Sou Electric, a utility company that serves Morton, Grant and Sioux counties, says their crews along with Slope Electric are battling downed poles and trying to get some main lines back on line.

As of Sunday afternoon, he was in Lemmon South Dakota surveying damage all the way to Flasher.

He says Mor-Gran-Sou has around 450 consumers without power, and Slope has 300 to 400 without power.

Franklund says there are some low power lines so people should be careful and call their utility company if they're having problems.

He says some people might not get power restored until the end of the week.

The heavy snow weighed down more than power lines.

In Mandan, south of the Public Works, the grass collection site is full of trees and tree branches broken off during the storm.

Two neighbors who live in Morton County say they brought around 50 to 60 large branches to the drop-off site.

They are working together to clean up their properties after the wet heavy snow weighed down a ton of tree branches during the storm.

"As it weighed them down I could hear them snapping from the house, went out and tried to knock some snow off, but, it got to be too much after awhile."

"I feel a little helpless but you know that's all you can do is clean it up after the storm is over with, let mother nature take its course and deal with it later." says Duane Leingang, Morton County.

The amount of moisture in the snow is something to talk about.

Many people are now dealing with excess water on their properties.

Papa's Pumpkin Patch was even forced to close on this beautiful day because of flooding.

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