The City of Sioux Falls is almost three-fourths of the way through cleaning up roadways of debris left by the major ice storm that swept through the area two weeks ago.
City officials provided an update on Operation Timber Strike! at a press briefing Wednesday morning. On Tuesday they cleared 42 centerline miles of roads to bring the total to 597 centerline miles. There are about 815 centerline miles of roads in Sioux Falls.
Contractor Ceres started working Monday to pick up branch debris on roads. Operation Timber Strike! officials remind property owners that place branches in paper lawn bags for removal need to take those bags to a public drop-off site because Ceres is not able to pick up those bags.
"Because of FEMA reporting requirements, the contractor/monitor needs to see what is being removed because we are paying by the ton for branch debris removal," Wednesday morning's Operation Timber Strike! news release stated.
SAIC is the company contracted to monitor branch pickup efforts for FEMA compliance. SAIC started working Wednesday.
Tree and branch drop-off sites are located at the City Street Department (1000 East Chambers Street), the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds (North Lyon Blvd.), the Sioux falls Landfill (26750 464th Avenue and County Highway 148), and on the corner of 69th Street and South Cliff Avenue.
Drop-off sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The Mueller Pallets, LLC, drop-off site (27163 471st Avenue in Tea) is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The Park Department continues to work on recovery efforts across Sioux Falls. On Tuesday, the Parks Department laid out priority plans on clearing parks. Director Don Kearney said they will start by clearing sports fields, then move to community and regional parks, golf courses, neighborhood parks and finally waterways.
Work being done in the parks includes branch trimming, removing hazardous hanging branches and hauling branches. Crews are also conducting chipping efforts on the periphery of Sioux Falls.
Property owners who need assistance are still encouraged to call 211.
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