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SF City Leaders Head West To Help After Storm



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Three city leaders from Sioux Falls have joined other city leaders in Pennington County to help with emergency operations.

Sunday morning Sioux Falls Emergency Manager Regan Smith headed west. A battalion chief from Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and a public health manager also went. The three are a part of the 'South Dakota Assistant Management Team.' For the next few days they will be helping at the emergency operation center in Rapid City. Smith said what our neighbors to the west are dealing with now, is what we dealt with six months ago with the ice storm. He said trees are down, power is out to many, and warm temperatures are beginning to melt the nearly two feet of snow fast.

Regan Smith, Sioux Falls Emergency Manager said, “It’s just sharing with them all of the lessons we learned and some of the things we did during our ice storm, so they can coordinate it and operate it efficiently.  And then we will help them work through the whole disaster declaration process.”

 According to the National Weather Service Friday's autumn snow storm dropped 21 1/2 inches of snow in Rapid City in 24 hours.
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