Most of us have cleaned up from the ice storm, but figuring out how much damage the ice storm caused, continues.
A team from FEMA is in town to asses the damage.
They told me they're here to see how much the storm cost us financially as well as physically.
They're looking at the amount of debris the storm caused and what it cost to clean it up.
A team of FEMA specialists visited Sioux Falls to see just how bad and how much damage the ice storm caused.
So far, they're satisfied with how fast the city is working to keep all of us healthy and safe.
They'll present their findings to the state.
Then the governor will decide if he should request those areas which are still cleaning up from the storm, to be declared disaster areas.
FEMA debris specialist Ron Pevan said "compared to what I've seen, which is the most extreme, this rates up there. This is a lot of debris and this is just one of their sites from the city. It definitely leaves an impression."
"The great part of the reason I like South Dakota is people tend not to wait around. They just go out , get it done, get it moving and that's exactly what we want to see," Pevan added.
FEMA environmental specialist Portia Ross said "there's already been a lot of damage done by the debris itself so we want to make sure that the actual clean up process doesn't cause any additional harm or damage."
"Being able to turn a positive out of what really is a negative with a lot of the damage that was done by the debris, to be able to see this, recycled and used in positive ways is really encouraging and happening a lot more," Ross added.
FEMA estimated the cost of the damage could be in the millions.
But they'll check to make sure the debris is disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
If it's not, it can hurt our chances of getting any money from the federal government.
FEMA will wrap up it's assessment of the damage Thursday night.
Governor Daugaard has a deadline of May 10th to use this information to request a disaster declaration from the president.
Thursday, February 20 2014 7:42 PM EST2014-02-21 00:42:09 GMT
Behind the glory of football there are the scars and bruises. Some visible, some not. We still have much to learn about the health risk football puts on it's players, but some of the biggest strides inMore >>
Behind the glory of football there are the scars and bruises, some visible, some not. We still have much to learn about the health risk football puts on it's players, but some of the biggest strides in research are happening on South Dakota's fields.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:17 PM EST2014-03-09 01:17:06 GMT
ST. PAUL — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), St. Paul Field Division Special Agent in Charge Scott D. Sweetow today announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leadingMore >>
There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the arson fire to the Colonial Inn Motel, in Yankton.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:05 PM EST2014-03-09 01:05:09 GMT
Despite a warm-up on the way in our forecast, taking a dip into water outside may be the last thing on our minds. In Huron, Saturday, if it was for a good cause, it was hard to say no. More than 200More >>
Brave souls plunged into icy cold water in Huron, Saturday, for a good cause. More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 6:54 PM EST2014-03-08 23:54:51 GMT
The three Americans on board the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing in Southeast Asia have been identified and include two young children, according to the flight's manifest. ABC News reportsMore >>
Malaysia Airlines previously reported that one of the Americans on board the flight was an infant.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 6:46 PM EST2014-03-08 23:46:53 GMT
Chances are, those security breaches that affected major retailers are still fresh on our minds. Now, consumers and companies are coming up with new ways to protect themselves online. A cybersecurityMore >>
The cybersecurity event DakotaCon is happening this weekend. It's a real world exercise. Each college team or "IT team" goes in and secures a network from outside use. A group of "hackers" are on hand trying to break the team's security breach.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 11:06 AM EST2014-03-08 16:06:58 GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Vietnamese air force planes on Saturday spotted two large oil slicks close to where a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 went missing earlier in the day, the first sign that theMore >>
There was no confirmation that the slicks were related to the missing plane, but the statement said they were consistent with the kinds that would be produced by the two fuel tanks of a crashed jetliner.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 11:09 PM EST2014-03-08 04:09:14 GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Search and rescue teams are looking for a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet with 239 people aboard - including three adult Americans and one infant. The airline says it lostMore >>
Malaysia Airlines says the plane was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 10:31 PM EST2014-03-08 03:31:23 GMT
Six weeks after arson shuttered the Co-op Natural Foods Store, shelves are stocked and customers are coming through the doors once again. And it's not just the food they're excited about. "The thingMore >>
Six weeks after arson shuttered the Co-op Natural Foods Store, shelves are stocked and customers are coming through the doors once again.More >>