Posted at: 10/11/2013 10:59 AM
Updated at: 10/11/2013 11:10 AM
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Sen. John Thune toured the western part of their state by helicopter on Thursday to see the extent of damage to the region from last weekend's blizzard.
The aerial assessment focused on livestock losses. State officials estimate that at least 10,000 head of livestock died in the storm. Some ranchers report losing 50 percent or more of their cattle.
The storm dumped between up to four feet of snow in areas of South Dakota over the weekend, setting records, damaging buildings, shutting down schools and bringing transportation to a halt.
The state's Congressional delegation says they'll push for the quick passage of a stalled farm bill through congress, saying it's the best way to get financial help to ranchers.
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