Ice Storm Cleanup In Sioux Falls Nearly Done
by Associated Press
May 09, 2013 9:48 AM
Cleanup of tree branches downed by an ice storm in Sioux Falls a month ago is nearing completion.
Public Works Director Mark Cotter says about 80 percent of the branches have been cleaned up, and one final pass through the city to pick up the rest will happen soon.
The ice and snow storm April 9-11 damaged and downed thousands of trees and also electrical lines, at one point cutting power to nearly 100,000 people in the region. Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether says the pace of the cleanup dubbed "Operation Timber Strike" has exceeded his expectations.
There is still work to be done after the cleanup. Cotter says grinding up the "tens of thousands of tons" of branch debris could take six months.