Power loss could cost Dell Rapids Grocery Store thousands
Most of Dell Rapids was without power Tuesday, impacting people at home put also businesses.
The outage began right behind County Fair grocery store in Dell Rapids.
"We weren't sure at first when it happened cause you don't know if its going be 10 minutes or what but when we could see the tree and the power lines down, we knew it was going to be quite a while," said County Fair Manager Byron Busk.
Around noon Tuesday, a large tree brought down a major string of power lines, blew transformers and left the grocery store and most of the town in the dark.
"It was a busy day, the deli was full of people eating lunch so we lit a few candles in the deli so people could finish eating lunch," said Busk.
But at the grocery store, lights are the last concern as thousand of dollars in food and merchandise are at risk.
"Lots of frozen items and ice cream goods, a lot of fresh meat, deli meats," said Busk.
Before going home after the power outage, County Fair employees did what they could to protect the frozen food.
"Everything has cardboard on it; then we put shrink wrap over it to try and hold in as much of the cold as we can. It's the industrial strength stuff, we weren't using press and seal off the shelf" said Busk.
While it's a helpful measure, Busk knows it's only going to last so long. The frozen food and meat items will only last about 12 hours from noon Tuesday, but the electric company says Busk's store and much Dell Rapids will not have power until Wednesday.
"There's a priority list and we're towards the top of to get us back up as soon as we can," said Busk.
Busk says he has no idea exactly what the value of the food and merchandise loss would be, but he estimates the sum will be in the tens of thousands.
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