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Now that the spring storm has moved on, the Sioux Empire and the surrounding areas have their work cut out for them. Fallen trees, limbs and downed power lines still litter the ground. Many people could be found outside Friday as they continue to pick up the pieces.

Fallen limbs and trees cover yards around the Sioux Empire. But on Friday people were busy chopping down, picking up, and dropping off tree debris.

“It's starting to pick up really quick,” said Phil Mueller, Mueller Pallets, Tea.

Mueller said it’s normal for people to drop off a lot of tree debris this time of the year. But after the spring storm that hit the Sioux Empire, Mueller said their 6,000 ton pile of branches and stubs is about to double.
“We were pretty close to being cleaned up and now it’s starting to spring back so, we got some grinding to do,” said Mueller.

In Sioux Falls at the drop off site near the Sioux Empire Fair Grounds Wade Miller could be found doing a little different job than usual. Miller is a construction worker, but Friday he decided to use his skills to help tear down, instead of build-up. He and other construction workers decided to lend a helping hand and clean up some neighborhoods.

“We heard basic boom trucks are three months out and are $800 an hour, so we are just trying to do as much as we can, for less,” said Miller.

 Load one was two to three tons, and Miller expects there to be a few dozen just like this one over the next couple of days.

“Maybe more,” said Miller.

But for those like Miller who have already started to clean up, Director of Public Works Mark Cotter said take your time and be safe.

“A lot of that ice that was formed earlier in the week is now going to start to break loose. So be careful,” said Cotter.

As for Mueller, he said they are prepared for whatever else gets dumped their way.

“You drive around town and it seems endless,” said Mueller. “It's going to be coming in all summer I bet.”

Effective immediately, the city of Sioux Falls is extending the hours of operation for the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill and its two tree branch drop-off sites to assist with cleanup due to the ice storm.

East Side East Chambers Street
(West of Cliff Avenue by the Household Hazardous Waste Facility and Street Department). Access is available from North Drive to East Ash Street to Chambers Street, and from North Cliff Avenue to Chambers Street.
Branches must be placed in a pile and no other waste can be dropped off.

West Side North Lyons Boulevard
(West of the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds). Access is available from West 12th Street to
North Lyons Boulevard, and from West Madison Street to North Lyons Boulevard.
Branches must be placed in a pile and no other waste can be dropped off.

Landfill 267th Street and 463rd Avenue
(Five miles west of city limits). Access is available from West 41st Street to 463rd Avenue, then south into the landfill.

Saturday, April 13, 2013, (ending date will be determined later)
Monday–Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Charges will be waived for fallen branches from the ice storm.
  • Commercial loads will not be accepted at the temporary drop-off sites and must go directly to the City of Sioux Falls Sanitary Landfill.
  • All loads must be tarped or in an enclosed vehicle.
  • Not accepted at in-town temporary sites: non-wood waste, rubble, or household garbage.

For more information on how to properly trim your trees, please visit Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation, Forestry Division website at siouxfalls.org/forestry.
General information regarding the Landfill, including hours of operation, rates, and materials accepted is located on the city’s website or you may call the Landfill at 605-367-8162.

Mueller Pallets LLC, which grinds wood waste and provides the ground
biofuel product to POET Biorefining-Chancellor, is extending the hours
of its operation to assist with cleanup due to the ice storm.

27163 471st Avenue, Tea, SD
From I-29, Exit 73 (north Tea exit), east approximately three-fourths
mile to 471st Avenue, then south approximately one-half mile

Saturday, April 13, 2013 (ending date will be determined later)
Monday–Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • There is no charge for wood waste. Both residential and commercial
loads accepted.
  • All loads must be tarped or in an enclosed vehicle.
  • Not accepted: non-wood waste, rubble, or household garbage.

For more information, please contact Mueller Pallets LLC at 605-368-2440 or visit
their website.

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