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Blizzard Drops 5 Feet of Snow in S. Dakota

April 21, 2006|From the Associated Press

LEAD, S.D. — Residents in the northwestern Plains started to dig out Thursday from this week's blizzard, which dumped up to 5 feet of snow and cut power. Low-lying areas could flood when the snow melts.

The heaviest snow was reported in the city of Lead, S.D., near the Wyoming line, where the Weather Service reported about 60 inches.

About 10 miles north in Spearfish, part of the roof at a Wal-Mart store collapsed Thursday afternoon, apparently under heavy snow. There were no reports of injuries.

The storm knocked down trees and power poles. Wind gusting to 84 mph overturned a mobile home in the Nebraska Panhandle, and gusts to 71 mph were reported in eastern Montana, officials said.

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