State Crews Aid SF Cleanup

Apr 22, 2013

Thousands of branches broke in the April storms.
Credit Kealey Bultena / SDPB

More snow is slowing the cleanup effort in Sioux Falls since a vicious ice storm and inches of snow broke thousands of trees. The city declared a state of emergency and is using public and private resources in the recovery effort.

Sioux Falls Public Works Director Mark Cotter says the governor is making some state resources available, including the Bear Mountain Hand Crew. It’s made up of trained saw teams out of Custer.

"They’ll really compliment the amount of work that we can get done," Cotter says. "They’ll essentially be walking through a number of the park areas and helping us cut a lot of that material. And then we can utilize the inmate labor to pull and stack that material."

Cotter says state inmates couldn’t work Monday because of the falling snow. He anticipates the inmates can help clean up the debris again Tuesday.