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Truckers camp out at truck stop to ride out the storm

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Interstate 90 is back open Monday but the closure left some truckers across the state with nowhere to go.

KSFY News stopped at one truck stop outside of Pierre which became a home-away-from-home for truckers this weekend.

Much of I-90 was closed this weekend throughout the storm which forced truckers off the road and off schedule.

Truck driver Rick O'Donnell camped out at a truck stop for three days waiting for the storm to pass.

"It's not been fun. I came up here before the snow hit when I stopped. it just kept going and going. Finally I got to a point when I said this is going to be it," O'Donnell said.

O'Donnell was not alone. This truck stop became a truck camp this weekend after the state shut down I-90 from Sioux Falls to Wall.

Truck driver Stacy Dukes said "nothing but blizzard conditions, struggling to find parking spots... it pretty much looked like a circus here. It was just plum full. that's how bad it was."

With a packed house of stranded truckers there was sure to be a run on coffee at a place they call the coffee cup.

Diane Hashman, a cashier at The Coffee Cup said "me and Casey ran out of coffee this morning, a couple times.  That's something we never, ever let happen. 'Oh my God, we're completely out of coffee.' We had to run over there and fix that right up. No we don't like that. There's always hot and fresh coffee here at The Coffee Cup."

And while The Coffee Cup was running out of coffee, truck drivers were losing time waiting to get back on the road.

"I'm going to a port where there's a ship waiting for me. And of course a loss of money. Every day I sit and the wheels aren't turning, I don't make money," O'Donnell said.

Now it's time to get those wheels turning, the roads are clear, the interstate is back open.

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