Early Snowstorm Leaves Thousands Without Power

PIERRE, S.D. (October 7, 2013)--National Guard troops were helping utility crews pull equipment through the heavy, wet snow Monday to install new utility poles in South Dakota, where more than 22,000 homes and businesses remained without power after a record-breaking storm that dumped 4 feet of snow in western parts of the state.

The weekend storm was part of a powerful weather system that also buried parts of Wyoming and Colorado with snow, and spawned destructive tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa.

At least four deaths were attributed to the weather, including a South Dakota man who collapsed while cleaning snow off his roof.

Meanwhile, cattle ranchers were trying Monday to assess how many of their animals died in the unseasonably early blizzard.

The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association said ranchers are reporting the loss of between 20 percent and 50 percent of their herds.

Temperatures in the Rapid City area were expected to warm into the 60s Monday to continue melting the heavy snow.

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