City remembers recovery effort following 2013 ice storm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Five years ago on April 9, 2013, Sioux Falls and the surrounding area was covered in a thick blanket of ice.

The storm resulted in an eight-month recovery effort called "Operation Timber Strike!" It was one of the longest and most expensive cleanup efforts in the city's history.

“Our goals from day one were first to keep people safe and then to restore our city, and we worked to do that with a tremendous team effort," Director of Public Works Mark Cotter said in a press release Monday. "Now, five years later, I think we can say we accomplished that and so much more."

In all, the City removed nearly 26,000 hanging tree branches, removed 972 trees, hauled away 55-tons of debris and ground down 1,383 stumps.