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UPDATE: Power restored in Mitchell — Noem says state to call for emergency declaration

Bill Coad uses his snow blower to clean off the snow and slush from the driveway on Thursday morning in Mitchell. Coad said the bottom inch of the snow was the most difficult due to how packed and heavy it was. (Matt Gade / Republic) 1 / 2
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UPDATE: 

The city of Mitchell's street department says it will not be plowing any streets within the city. Workers opened all catch basins, culverts and drains. 

"We ask that the residents be patient and let the slush in the roads dissipate as the weather warms," said a press release from the city. "This will allow all the drains and culverts to remain unplugged and draining. This will also keep driveways opened up and less work for the homeowners."

If problem areas arise, workers will clean up those areas. With areas that need immediate attention, contact the Mitchell police at 995-8400.

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Power has been restored in Mitchell as of 5 p.m. 

Across the state, though, South Dakota is preparing for an emergency declaration, Gov. Kristi Noem said.

“We expect several counties to approve emergency declarations once they have time following the immediate response to the storm,” Noem said. “Once that happens, the state will issue its own emergency declaration. In the meantime, we are staying in touch with all counties across the state and finding the resources they need to respond effectively and keep South Dakotans safe.”

Mitchell received 4.2 inches of snow by midday Thursday, according to one report filed to the National Weather Service.

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About 665 NorthWestern Energy customers living in the southwestern part of Mitchell near East Norway Avenue lost power at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, in close proximity to Trail King Industries.

The estimated repair time for the power outage is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to NorthWestern Energy’s website.

It’s at least the second outage to impact Mitchell in as many days. Significant wind gusts have arrived to Mitchell during a two-day storm that has included rain, snow and ice. A gust as high as 53 mph was recorded Thursday.

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A powerful storm that has flooded areas all over eastern South Dakota has turned over to snow. 

Mitchell received 1.85 inches of rain Wednesday, and the city awoke to strong winds and sideways snow on Thursday. 

READ MORE -- Roads closed, basements flooded -- March storm slams region

Several businesses have closed, including all Avera Medical Group clinics in Mitchell and all outpatient Avera Therapy clinics. The Avera Cancer Institute and Avera Dialysis will be open.

Dakota Wesleyan University's classes and business operations have been canceled Thursday. Gov. Kristi Noem ordered the closure of state government offices in all of South Dakota due to the snowstorm and flooding. 

No travel is advised, and it is uncertain when many roads will be reopened. Interstate 90 from the Rapid City to the Chamberlain-Oacoma exit remains closed.   

The public is encouraged to continue monitoring updates from state and local governmental entities and the media about the changing weather and road conditions.

Continue checking back with The Daily Republic for more updates on the weather. 

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