Clean-Up Efforts Continue Despite Weather
by Laura Monteverdi, Reporter
April 18, 2013 6:18 PM
Thursday was day four of the clean-up effort in Sioux Falls and despite the less than ideal conditions outside, clean-up crews were working harder than ever to get the city back on track.
“The teams are just making really good progress, really finding the optimum efficiency to really go out and pick up the debris that all the residents and neighbors have brought to the street,” said Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works for Sioux Falls.
Sioux Falls officials said 426 people and 223 pieces of equipment are being utilized to clean up the debris the recent storm left behind; a clean-up effort that was almost jeopardized with the news that more snow would be hitting the city on Thursday.
“We’re fortunate that some of the weather that was expected to really start after midnight and accumulate overnight didn’t and so our teams, at least on the private side are in full speed ahead mode," said Cotter.
While the inclement weather was not enough to halt the clean-up process altogether, the blowing snow did cause some issues.
“Anytime you have the wind, it could really upset some of those piles and so if one gets blown into the street, our teams are going to stop and pick it up and restack it,” said Cotter.
But no matter what Mother Nature has in store, clean-up crews are determined to get the job done.
“Conditions are not ideal for ground crews that are out there, but they know how important it is to get this done so were pressing forward,” said Cotter.
Officials say they tried not to use the plows during this snowfall to avoid pushing more snow onto the debris piles.