It has been a tough couple of days in South Dakota, Minnesota, & Iowa.  Here in Sioux Falls about 21,000 plus Xcel Energy customers remain without power.  These hard working crews have restored power to an estimated 44,000 customers in Sioux Falls and other South Dakota communities as this hard hitting spring ice storm continues to affect the area.  Trees and branches continue to fall under the wait of the heavy snow.  Power outages continue to be a problem.  If you are being affected by power outages or come across downed power lines here are some numbers you may want to know:

*Downed Power Lines: Xcel Energy - 1-800-895-4999.

*Sioux Falls Power & Light Outage: 605-373-6979.

*Fallen Branches in Sioux Falls: 605-367-8255.

*Sioux Falls Street Deparment: 367-8255

**CAUTION: Stay away from downed power lines and report their location.