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Warm Weather Speeds Up Sioux Falls Cleanup

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Most everyone in Sioux Falls has gotten used to the sounds of chainsaws this past month


With no end date in sight for arborists, from places like Kansas City and Central Illinois, they keep sawing away. But, this weather makes what has been a long, slow process move a little quicker.         


“One of the things we've faced right away is that we still had ice and we still had snow. The footing was not good for all the teams that are working and now, conditions are better,” said Mark Cotter, the director of Sioux Falls Public Works.


Arborist’s main target Monday, taking out snapped branches that hang over the streets or sidewalks. 


“We're back in the neighborhoods for the second pass and we've really concentrated the debris removal teams really today between Marion Road and Sycamore Avenue and then 12th Street to the north and 41st Street to the south,” said Cotter.


While spring time temperatures make a brief return to South Dakota, the cleanup continues with hopes things will be back to normal before summertime.


“We're making really good progress. The community is doing their part getting theirs product out to the streets. We’re making good headway through the neighborhood now that we've made a second pass,” said Cotter.


Hopefully the hum of the chain saw will soon go silent. But, for now over 30 tree trimming crews continue to work throughout Sioux Falls.

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