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.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:18 AM EST2013-12-11 09:18:08 GMT
Police have responded to a robbery call at a Sioux Falls restaurant.Several police units were called to Tinner's Bar and Grill at 449 W 69th St in Sioux Falls.Sgt. Creviston says investigators are stillMore >>
Police have responded to a robbery call at a Sioux Falls restaurant.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:34 PM EST2013-12-11 04:34:24 GMT
For people who spend time outdoors, hypothermia is a very real threat. Symptoms include shivering, confusion and slurred speech. It can take just minutes for these symptoms to appear leading to damageMore >>
Tuesday evening, KSFY News Reporter Tess Hedrick learned that lesson firsthand as she spent three hours in a cold car.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:31 PM EST2013-12-11 04:31:23 GMT
Fighting back against cancer is no easy task but for some cancer patients, the cost of getting healthy can be an even harder burden to bear. That's where the Yankton community has stepped in. This smallMore >>
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Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:26 PM EST2013-12-11 04:26:18 GMT
For the second time this year, voters in the Tea area have shot down a bond aimed at absorbing the city's skyrocketing student population. The $10.5 million bond would have paid for an addition to theMore >>
Superintendent Jennifer Lowery tells KSFY News 58.89% of voters said yes to the bond, but they needed 60% for it to pass. That's just 14 votes short.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 7:39 PM EST2013-12-11 00:39:15 GMT
Aris Nance owns the non profit, Sheo. which is an acronym. "Someone helps everyone and together we can all help each other." Nance explained. The organization aims to help the homeless right here inMore >>
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Tuesday, December 10 2013 6:27 PM EST2013-12-10 23:27:37 GMT
After decades of service to South Dakota, a Sioux Falls highway patrol captain announced plans to retire. Captain Kevin Joffer started his career in Viborg, beginning his police work in July 1979. In AprilMore >>
After decades of service to South Dakota, a Sioux Falls highway patrol captain announced plans to retire.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 5:02 PM EST2013-12-10 22:02:54 GMT
AP -- A Texas woman and former actress pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, under a deal that her attorney has said wouldMore >>
A Texas woman and former actress pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.More >>