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McLaughin mayor says town had no choice but to disconnect family's utilities


April 13, 2020

Patric White Mountain and Heaven Strong Heart sit with their three children in front of a relative's home they are living at until they can turn their utilities back on at their McLaughlin home. Winter Song, 1, sits on her mother's lap, while 7-year-old Grace sits at her feet. Patric Jr. sits at his father's feet.

A family of five is living in their car and with relatives after they couldn't pay their electric bill and a small South Dakota town shut off the utilities at their FEMA trailer home.

The family and an advocacy group say shutting off water and other utilities creates a public health risk during the coronavirus outbreak. And they ask why the town of McLaughlin is closing buildings and businesses in acknowledgment of the virus but not stopping the shutoffs.


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