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It’s been about 3 months since the ice storm hit Sioux Falls. In order to make the cleanup process easier, the city opened 3 local drop-off sites for the public to get rid of their tree branches and limbs.

Sunday was the last of those locations closed to the public.

The last drop-off site left in Sioux Falls has officially closed to the public. Now, residents will have to pay to get rid of fallen branches and debris left over from April's Ice Storm.

"Starting Monday July 8 we will start charging for waste out at the landfill," said Landfill Superintendent Dave McElroy.

The 69th and Cliff branch drop-off location is the last of 3 free drop sites to close to the public. Officials say in recent weeks, traffic at the branch drop-off sites has steadily declined and most of the debris has been cleaned up.

“The hazardous trees and limbs are cleaned up," said McElroy.

On Sunday, many were taking advantage of the last opportunity to drop off their debris for free. One was Sioux Falls resident Christopher Boyd.

"We had plenty of time. We have cleaned up since April. We just have to kick it in gear now," said Christopher Boyd.

Many were grateful for the cleanup to finally be over.

This is my last load. I'm cleaned up and done," said Jim Christensen.

While it may have closed to the public, the 69th and Cliff Site will continue to grind branches for another two or three more weeks. Other locations like the Chambers site, could be grinding until September.

The next step is to restore the drop-off sites back to normal.
It’s a process that could take two to four weeks.

"The fairgrounds site will be restored so we can have adequate parking for the fairground. We've got some gravel that we will spread out for a nice parking lot," said McElroy.
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