Crews with the Sioux Falls Street Department have been working out in the elements, through the night during this storm. Overnight 43 sanders have been out clearing the streets and getting salt down. They are working on emergency and secondary routes. They also have 6 loaders out in residential areas continuing to remove trees from roads. All of this work will continue through the night and through the morning. Crews want to remind you to be careful on residential streets because there is still a lot of debris out there. The City also wants to remind you not to park under mature trees. They also say be safe and allow things to melt before you start working under and around mature trees. Branches continue to fall around the area. We've seen large tree branches come down as well so don't make the mistake of thinking a big tree in your yard is to large to be affected by this ice and snow. Hundreds of calls have been fielded by the City of Sioux Falls and emergency departments. Another good reason to stay home if you don't need to be out.
We also still have thousands of people without power in the area. Xcel Energy crews are continuing to work on getting power restored to customers in Sioux Falls and other South Dakota communities. These power outages have been caused by this ice storm that snapped trees, and downed power lines. As of Wednesday morning the Xcel Energy outage map shows there are an estimated 23,402 customers without power in the area. As of 9:00 Tuesday night there were an estimated 17,475 customers without power. Crews have been working through the night to get service back on as quickly as possible. However Xcel says it is possible many people will not have their power back on until midday Thursday. Xcel Energy crews from Minnesota and North Dakota and contractor crews from Iowa arrived in South Dakota Tuesday to help restore power. More crews are expected to arrive from Wisconsin on Wednesday. There were over one hundred people in the field overnight working on the power. Remember to stay away from downed power lines and call them in. All downed power lines even if they aren't sparking should be considered dangerous. To report an outage, or to receive outage information or restoration estimates, customers are asked to call Xcel Energy's outage line 1-800-895-1999.
As of 9:00 Tuesday night Sioux Valley Energy said they had about 1500 customers without power. They say people who get power from the Garretson and Trent substations will likely be off all night. They do have more crews heading to the area to help restore power on Wednesday. You can report an outage at 800-234-1960.
You can see an outage map by going to Xcel Energy's website. I have a link to that site on the left side of your screen.