Snow Blankets The Region On May Day
by Breanna Fuss, Reporter
May 01, 2013 6:05 PM
Sioux Falls saw its first May snowfall in almost 40 years, and the most snow since 1940. We may have been frustrated as snow covered the grass around the Sioux Empire, but other places got it much worse. One of them was Worthington, Minn.
Well Mother Nature has done it again. She sent us a winter storm during the spring. But this time it was on May Day, and we found residents of Worthington doing anything up spring like activities.
“We've got this here and snow in top of it, wonderful. Just bring it on, we are having so much fun,” said Jim Eulberg, Director of Worthington Public Works.
Eulberg said the 3 to 4 inches of snowfall on Wednesday was the last thing he expected.
“Actually we were optimistic, we thought we were done so we put our sanders away,” said Eulberg.
Eulberg said this is his fourth month on the job and the accumulation is another addition to a long list of unlikely events he’s had to deal with.
“We had a couple of snow storms then an ice storm and more snow, so it's been an interesting introduction,” Eulberg said.
“It's May 1. We are supposed to be out delivering May Baskets. Not shoveling snow,” said Debbie Tams, Sioux Falls.
And that’s exactly what we found Tams doing. She was in Worthington to pick up her mom and sister and bring them to Sioux Falls for doctors' appointments. They were postponed yet again due to the weather and Tams said it’s just time for ‘spring time’ precipitation.
“Well I like the moisture because we need it, but I mean let it come in rain,” said Tams.
But for Hui Nguin, this spring winter storm doesn’t bother him one bit. He said he’s trying to stay optimistic.
“It’s a little cold, but what else can you do,” said Nguin.
But for Eulberg, the slushy streets and snow covered debris piles have his crews doing anything but their normal May street sweeping.
“When you're looking at the calendar, you're thinking this is the stuff we should be doing. Not dealing with ice storm damage and plowing,” said Eulberg.
Eulberg said he hopes all this snow melts fast and spring returns to stay. He said his crews have a lot of work to do that doesn't involve plowing snow.