KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

SF Starts Grinding Debris From Ice Storm



Bookmark and Share

It's a pretty simple process, pile a crane full of sticks, logs, and branches into a giant wood chipper and watch the stream of mulch gather. Debris has been piling up at the fairgrounds in Sioux Falls for over a month. And with events scheduled there this summer, the branches need to be moved quick.

 

“The deadline is pretty tight for him and for us because we need to get this site restored for the fair,” said Trent Lubbers of Sioux Falls Public Works.  

 

But, the city says they've hired the right guys. The three man team from outside of Austin, Texas says this pile is relatively small.

 

“We do this all over the country. We run around and chip up storm debris,” said Robert Day.

 

With a number of hurricane cleanups under their belts, including Andrew and Katrina, they say they'll be in and out of Sioux Falls.

 

“Well, our contractor says he'll be done on this site by two weeks,” said Lubbers.  

 

The main reason the pile looks puny to them, South Dakota's lack of trees.

 

“You get over on the East Coast and down into Oklahoma areas, there's a lot more trees, a lot more densely populated areas,” said Day.

 

To make sure their grinding isn't interrupted city officials are asking the public to stay out of the fairgrounds parking lot and drop their branches at designated drop offs.  

 

“This site is a construction site, so to speak. There is a lot of activity here. We don't want anyone to come to these sites while we have grinding operations going on. It's dangerous,” said Lubbers.

 

The last phase for Operation Timber Strike, and the hope is two months after the storm, Sioux Falls will be completely clear of the remnants of the April ice storm.

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Ventura: Mixed Emotions About Defamation Suit Win

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he has mixed emotions about winning ...

South Dakota Task Force To Study Child Sex Abuse

A South Dakota task force will study the sexual abuse of children and recommend ways to ...

Sioux City Riverboat Casino Prepares For Last Day

The Argosy riverboat casino is preparing to take its last bets ...

Stickney, Corsica School Districts To Consolidate  Jul. 30

Children's Safety Fair To Offer Safety Demos  story with video  Jul. 30

Driver Flees After Crashing Into SF House  Jul. 30

Paper Or Plastic? Maybe Not In Brookings  story with video  Jul. 29

Myers To File Lawsuit Against SD Sec. Of State  Jul. 29

The Falls: Golf Course Announces Opening  story with video  Jul. 29

Avera Addresses State Employee Healthcare Concerns  Jul. 29

Pink Heals Fire Truck Makes Stop In SF  story with video  Jul. 29

South Dakota Police Say Vehicles Were Set On Fire  Jul. 29

General Counsel Says Prison Reform Working  Jul. 29

Jackley Reveals More In EB-5 Investigation  story with video  Jul. 29

Watertown PD Arrest 3 For Burglary  Jul. 29

3 Reporters Subpoenaed In 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit  Jul. 29

Steps Outlined For Disaster Recovery In Lincoln, Union Counties  Jul. 29

Showcase Your Talent At The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center  Jul. 29

Charges Were Coming Before Benda's Death  Jul. 29

Keller Williams To Acquire HJN  Jul. 29

KDLT News Archive
     

Keller Williams To Acquire HJN

KDLT News has confirmed that Keller Williams is set to ...

Charges Were Coming Before Benda's Death

South Dakota's attorney general says he was ready ...

The Falls: Golf Course Announces Opening  story with video

If you have driven by Grand Falls Casino at any ...

Steps Outlined For Disaster Recovery In Lincoln, Union Counties  Jul. 29

Watertown PD Arrest 3 For Burglary  Jul. 29

Showcase Your Talent At The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center  Jul. 29

Paper Or Plastic? Maybe Not In Brookings  story with video  Jul. 29

"Hot Seat" Saves Kids  story with video  Jul. 29

KDLT News Archive
     

Schoolers win 2nd straight title  story with video

The boys 17-under Dakota Schoolers boys basketball team won another big tournament in ...

Pitching will be key in State "A" Legion Baseball  story with video

The state "A" Legion baseball tournament starts Wednesday in Huron and ...

Madison wins State "B" Legion title  story with video

It's been quite a year for Madison sports. The football team almost went unbeaten, ...

Madison and Tabor advance to "B" Championship  story with video  Jul. 28

Hejna jumps into college football at SDSU  story with video  Jul. 28

Vikings Sign Rudolph To Extension  story with video  Jul. 27

Birds Blow Chance For Sweep  story with video  Jul. 27

Madison Rolls Past Groton At Legion State B  story with video  Jul. 27

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top