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Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether remembers the April 2013 'Ice Storm' as a trying time

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Last April, Sioux Falls faced a destructive ice storm.

The city was able to recover from the devastation with the help of Operation Timber Strike


KSFY News spoke with mayor Mike Huether about looking back on that storm, one year later.

We've had such great weather this week, but what a difference a year makes.

The mayor remembers the ice storm as one of the biggest emergencies to hit Sioux Falls during his time in office.

We can all remember not only those vivid surreal images of trees encased in ice, but the weight of the ice caused destruction to decades and centuries old trees that was heartbreaking to look at, and thousands of people were without power for days.

Sioux Falls mayor Mike Huether became choked up when we asked him what he remembers about the April ice storm of 2013.

"You're primary focus, bar none, is keeping the people that you serve safe. That was a really trying time because I had a 162,300 people that not only I cared about but the employees cared about, and people rallied around and cared about but also visitors coming into our town. It was truly a trying time,"" Huether said.    

It took nearly eight months for the city to complete what it called Operation Timber Strike.

Crews, citywide removed fallen trees and branches from last April's big ice storm.    

And by the time the city declared mission accomplished, it removed 55,000 tons of material.

The final cost of the April ice storm was more than 8 million dollars.

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has already reimbursed the city with about six million dollars.

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