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With the freezing rain and sleet came chaos all over town, with trees and power lines falling to the ground below and knocking power out to many.

For one Sioux Falls neighborhood on the south side of town, that chaos hit a little bit too close for comfort.

"My kids were freaking out. They thought the end of the world was coming,” said Heath Frye as he told us exactly what happened.

The kids weren't the only ones, though. Like many people throughout the city of Sioux Falls, this storm has been a big headache for Heath Frye.

He had the day off because the power was out at his workplace, but it was no easy day at home with the kids. Around 9:30 this Wednesday morning, something happened that he, nor any of his neighbors, would have ever imagined.

"It sounded like the roof of my house was coming down and I looked in the back and it was the power lines going across my back yard,” said Frye.

That was the story for everyone living along the south side of 93rd Street.

When a huge high voltage power pole came crashing down under the weight of all the ice, it caused a chain reaction.

In fact, it even forced a portion of I-29 south of the I-229 interchange to shut down as well as a portion of Louise Ave. near the substation.
“I was just surprised that these things were so huge, so big; I didn't think anything could take them down," says Frye.

He was in his bedroom when it all went down, and as you can imagine; he is now without power.  

"Power went out immediately at that time. We had power up until that point and that's when it went out completely," says Frye.

With the fall of that one high voltage line, his neighborhood had a lot more to worry about than just a lack of electricity.
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