All Residential Streets Will Receive Additional Salt Today

Snow removal efforts continue today as we clean up the city from Friday’s storm and prepare for another weather system to move through Sioux Falls tonight and into Tuesday.

City of Sioux Falls snow removal crews cleared all emergency snow routes and secondary snow routes on Friday and worked throughout the weekend addressing drifted areas and applying sand and salt to residential streets where needed. Today, plows will again address residential areas, plowing drifts and applying salt to continue the melting process.

“We take pride in maintaining safe driving lanes for our residents and visitors, but we do not plow out the city each time it snows,” says Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works. “Most streets in Sioux Falls, especially the most travelled areas, are completely dry, and we are working through the residentials to get them more cleaned up. This approach is the most efficient way to move this kind of wet snow under these conditions.”

From Friday morning through this morning, 157 car crashes were reported. During the Friday morning commute, only 43 crashes were reported. These numbers are low compared to other first snowfalls on record.

“Drivers really took to heart our advice to leave early and drive slowly. This time of year it’s important to be aware of the weather forecast and prepare accordingly,” says Matt Burns, Police Chief.

If you have questions regarding snow removal, call the Public Works Street Division at 367-8255. This phone number will connect you with someone to answer your questions 24 hours a day. All the information you need about snow removal in Sioux Falls is at www.siouxfalls.org/snow or follow @CitySiouxFalls on Twitter.