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Spring Storm Battle Continues



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As the spring storm continues to wipe through the area, creating nightmares and headaches, leaving thousands of people without power, endless amounts of broken tree branches blocking roadways and tough road conditions for drivers, city leaders work fast to respond to those affected by the storm.

 

The spring storm is here to stay another day, creating chaos throughout Sioux Falls.

 

"We're facing some challenges that this city has never faced before," said Huether.

 

Mayor Mike Huether said this is only the beginning of the storm, with expected severe weather bringing heavy snow to the area.

 

"If you are thinking there's going to be a bunch of quick fixes here, you're wrong. This is going to go on for days, for weeks and ultimately for months," said Huether.

 

Now the message city leaders want to emphasize is prepare for the worst and be ready to temporarily live without power.

 

Such as have food and water on standby, candles for light, charge your cell phone in advance and have plenty of clothes and blankets nearby for warmth.

 

"This might be a great time if you have kids at home, it's going to be a fun adventure and something you're probably going to talk about for the next 15 years of weathering the storm and you can do a lot of things by putting everyone together in one room, it's going to warm up the room and you'll be very comfortable," said Jim Sideras, Fire Chief, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

 

Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said power has been restored in Baltic, Dell Rapids and Garretson, however they don't know how long that will last and people in rural areas need to be prepared for what's yet to come as well.

 

"We're facing the same thing out in the county and a lot of trees hanging over power lines and they're getting heavier by the minute and with this heavy snow there's a good chance that people in our rural communities and the rural areas could lose power," said Milstead.

 

Even though it's spring, winter is creeping its way in.

 

Last year at this time, Sioux Falls employees were hyping up summer events, a big change from what's taken place the last couple of days.

 

"That's just one small example how you've got 1,100 city employees that are rallying together to take care of the people that ultimately we serve," said Huether.

 

The city has set up two shelter, one at the American Red Cross at 808 North Avenue and the other at the Salvation Army at 800 North Cliff.

 

The Salvation Army location is strictly a warming station, meaning you can’t stay the night there.

Both locations ask to bring blankets with you.

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