Dealing With Aftermath Of Spring Storm
April 11, 2013 8:59 PM
The spring storm is over, but it has left behind more than six inches of snow in Sioux Falls and over a foot in other areas of the Sioux Empire.
The heavy snow is weighing down trees and power lines even more, which has created a big mess of sloppy roads and unsafe conditions.
People have started to get back their power, Xcel Energy said crews have restored electricity to nearly 64,000 customers, however nearly 16,000 customers still remain without power in eastern South Dakota.
More than 2,000 homes and businesses in rural areas in the region still remain in the dark.
Xcel is hoping most customers will have power back on by late Friday.
Southeaster Electric still have 1,000 members without power Thursday night leading into Friday.
Even though we're seeing progress, there are still precautions people should take outside.
"Recognizing the threat that there is above you in the trees and wires," said Sheriff Milstead.
Hazards, Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead, said people should look out for.
One of his deputy sheriffs who lives out in the country, is dealing with the loss of a horse who didn't come home to eat the other night.
"They found the horse, a large tree had fallen on the horse and killed it," said Milstead.
Luckily, there weren’t any humans involved in this accident, something Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether said, the city should be thankful for.
"No one's lost a life in this town, which is a big deal, we have had some damage to homes, damage to cars and damage to a bunch of trees we've really cared for over the years," said Huether.
From a productive standpoint, Public Works Director Mark Cotter, said the snow removal operation is going well, using motor graters and sanders.
"When we come to someone's driveway and we've got substantial amount of branches that are in that snow, we're straight blading through people's driveway to minimize the amount of snow and branch mixture that gets placed in some of those driveways," said Cotter.
Areas affected by the spring storm will be dealing with the damage for months to come and Mayor Huether said for Sioux Falls residents, it's time to set some realistic expectations for the city.
"We're learning, and guess what we're making mistakes and we're learning every darn time we do and I love that, it makes us proud of this team," said Huether.
There are no deadlines for clearing your sidewalks in Sioux Falls, city leaders are urging you to wait because it's still dangerous being outside with potential hazards from falling trees and ice.
The Sioux Falls police department said someone is going around town asking people to donate to the department to help with storm funds; this is a scam and is not affiliated with the police department in any way.