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Sioux Fall ice storm, one year later

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Wednesday marked the one year anniversary of Sioux Falls' ice storm, which left hundreds of homes damaged and thousands of homes destroyed.

The McKennan Park neighborhood has come a long way. In fact this time last year, many were wondering whether things would ever be the same.

"The neighborhood was kind of in shambles. There were branches across the road. There were power lines down. You can see where we cut and trimmed branches. We were able to save a nice old tree but at the same time make sure there was no further damage," said Jennifer Fleming, who lives near McKennan Park.

Fleming says the ice storm that rumbled our city is one she had never experienced before.

"A large branch came through that sector of the garage roof and a smaller one came through that section and those have been repaired now," said Fleming.

She says roofs can be repaired, branches can be picked up and things can be fixed.

And she learned a valuable lesson -- the importance of community.

"I was really impressed the way the community rallied around specifically the way the city handled all the branch clean up. Neighbors were helping neighbors. It was a phenomenal time for the community to rally," said Fleming.

A city-wide effort that will stick with Sioux Falls neighbors -- even as they enjoy a more hospitable spring.

"It's a vast difference from the weather we had last year and a much improved difference," said Fleming.

City leaders say this ice storm really shined a spotlight on just how prepared Sioux Falls is for unforeseen weather events.

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