Storm Response Updates and Information


Parts of Sioux Falls sustained significant damage from severe storms and a confirmed tornado that moved through the area during the late evening hours of September 10. The emergency operations center has been operational since 1 a.m., Wednesday, September 11. Please check back at this page frequently for updates and recovery information.

  • Do NOT drive around barricades. If you do, you are subject to a ticket (fine).
  • As you survey your property for possible damage, be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be on the lookout for hidden hazards such as hanging debris and downed power lines. 
  • Use common sense and exercise caution.

41st Street Corridor Aerial Footage

Tree Debris Removal Information

The City of Sioux Falls continues to remove fallen trees and large limbs that fell from or landed in the public right-of-way as a result of Tuesday’s storm. The public right-of-way includes the sidewalk, boulevard, and street.

If a tree or large limb from private property has dropped onto the public right-of-way, City crews will cut the debris at the house side of the sidewalk and clean the debris up to the cut.

Any damaged trees or debris that are in an owner’s yard are the responsibility of the owner and will not be removed by the City. Free drop-off locations are available to assist people with cleanup. Do not add debris from private property to the public right-of-way.

Storm Recovery Tips, Information & FAQS

With the increase in river water levels, multiple parks along Skunk Creek and the Big Sioux River and some sections of the Bike Trail System are impacted.

Closed parks include:

  • Legacy Park
  • Yankton Trail Park
  • Tomar Park
  • Spencer Park
  • Tuthill Park
  • Pasley Park
  • Rotary Park
  • Cherry Rock Park 

 

The bike trail system has been barricaded and is closed from Legacy Park through the Downtown Greenway to Falls Park due to flooding. Please respect the barricades and stay out of flooded areas

Individuals and businesses are responsible for clearing tree debris in their yards. Branches and trees can be taken to any of the four free drop-off sites for disposal. Loads for these locations do not require a tarp. Any loads going to the landfill must be tarped.

If you need cleanup assistance, call the Helpline Center at 2-1-1 to be connected with volunteers.

The City and contractors are working to address boulevard trees and branches that have fallen into the public right-of-way. (See the Tree Debris Removal graphic for help.)

City operated tree debris drop-off sites:

  • Street Division Campus—west of the Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 1015 East Chambers Street. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily.
  • Sioux Empire Fairgrounds—just north of 12th Street and Lyon Boulevard. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily.

Privately owned and operated tree drop-off sites:

  • Mueller Pallets—27163 471st Avenue. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Mueller Pallets—46868 Sands Street. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.

Ash Wood

Please Note: Storm related tree debris likely contains ash wood. (Over 41% of street trees are ash.) Because of the Emerald Ash Borer, tree debris from Sioux Falls must be disposed of within the ash tree quarantine area, which includes the options listed above. For more information about Emerald Ash Borer, visit www.siouxfalls.org/parks/forestry/ash-borer/information.

 

  • Clear away dirt, debris, small tree limbs and rocks from the saw's chain path. Look for nails, spikes or other metal in the tree before cutting.
  • Shut off the saw or engage its chain brake when carrying the saw on rough or uneven terrain.
  • Keep your hands on the saw's handles, and maintain secure footing while operating the saw.
  • Proper personal protective equipment must be worn when operating the saw, which includes hand, foot, leg, eye, face, hearing and head protection.
  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Be careful that the trunk or tree limbs will not bind against the saw.
  • Watch for branches under tension, they may spring out when cut.
  • Gasoline-powered chain saws must be equipped with a protective device that minimizes chain saw kickback.
  • Be cautious of saw kick-back. To avoid kick-back, do not saw with the tip. If equipped, keep tip guard in place.
If you need assistance with debris cleanup, contact the Helpline Center by dialing 2-1-1. They are keeping track of people requesting assistance and will coordinate volunteers with those needing assistance. 

The City of Sioux Falls continues to remove fallen trees and large limbs that fell from or landed in the public right-of-way as a result of Tuesday's storm. The public right-of-way includes the sidewalk, boulevard, and street. See the tree debris removal graphic.

If a tree or large limb from private property has dropped onto the public right-of-way, City crews will cut the debris at the house side of the sidewalk and clean the debris up to the cut.

Any damaged trees or debris that are in an owner’s yard are the responsibility of the owner and will not be removed by the City. Free drop-off locations are available to assist people with cleanup. Do not add debris from private property to the public right-of-way.

If you smell gas, call 9-1-1. If your gas service has been shut off, you must contact your provider before it can be turned back on.

Please see the Hazardous Locations map to view storm impacted areas. City teams will continue to update the map as information becomes available.

All non-tree storm debris will be accepted at the Sioux Falls Sanitary Regional Landfill, at no charge, through the end of September. Normal Landfill hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The landfill is located at 26750 464th Ave, Hartford, SD.

Please remember, all loads must be tarped.

These sites are for residential use only. Commercial loads must be taken directly to the Sioux Falls Sanitary Regional Landfill.

Sioux Falls Sanitary Regional Landfill

Customers have a number of ways to report their outage, including the following:

  • Download the Xcel Energy mobile app available on iOS and AndroidOnline at www.xcelenergy.com/out
  • Text OUT to 98936 to report an outage, or text STAT to the same number to check the status of a power outage.
  • Call 1-800-895-1999 and follow the prompts in the automated system. This option enables customers to report outages in less than 60 seconds. Once the cause of the problem is identified, the system or an Xcel Energy representative will provide customers with an estimated restoration time.
Immediately report any downed power lines to Metro Communications by dialing 9-1-1.
Due to the extreme weather event, Project NICE/KEEP has been suspended. For neighborhoods in the zones of this week’s Project NICE/KEEP, place your materials in piles curbside and we will provide more information when it becomes available.

Businesses and property owners who experienced damage such as downed trees, gas line damage or structural damage are being asked to report any damage to the Helpline Center. Contact the Helpline Center by dialing 2-1-1. This information is being collected to help the City develop a comprehensive damage assessment.

Please report downed trees and limbs that are blocking sidewalks or streets, damaged traffic signals, and roadway lights in the City's mobile app, or by using the form found here: https://siouxfalls.org/contactus/city. Please select the Storm Damage category. Please do not use this tool to report private property damage; these reports should be directed to 211.

 

If you need help finding shelter, please contact the Red Cross at 1-844-292-7677.

Sioux Falls has warning sirens intended to warn residents who are outdoors of approaching tornadoes and severe weather capable of producing tornadoes. The system is activated by Metro Communications (the 911 dispatch center) with guidance from the National Weather Service (NWS). The following link includes specific details about this system https://www.weather.gov/dvn/sirenFAQ.

The tornado activation system has redundancies in place to alert the public in multiple ways. Each year, the NWS, city, county and media educate the public about the importance of tornado and severe weather preparedness. This includes creating an action plan, stocking supplies, using a weather radio, and ensuring wireless alerts are enabled on cell phones/mobile devices. The media also plays an important role of informing and alerting the public. When storms are predicted, it’s important for people to be vigilant and monitor these platforms.

Due to human error, the outdoor siren system did not perform as intended. Moving forward, during a siren activation, the entire city will be alerted. Out of an abundance of caution, the entire city should be on alert when a system capable of producing a tornado is coming.

The Helpline Center is coordinating volunteers willing to help with debris cleanup. If you are interested in volunteering for cleanup efforts, please go to the Volunteer Reception Center at the Nonprofit Center, located at 1000 North West Avenue.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays 8 a.m. until 12 noon.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

If a broken branch has fallen on an electric wire and it is arcing and sparking, call 9-1-1 immediately. If it is not arcing and sparking, please report the issue to Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-4999. 

Trees in the public right of way will be removed by either the City or a contractor hired by the City.

What is the public right of way?

The right of way is the area from the side walk on one side of the street to the side walk on the other side of the street.  

If you need assistance with debris cleanup, contact the Helpline Center by dialing 2-1-1.  They will be keeping track of people requesting assistance and will work to match requests up with volunteers.

If you have street tree damage, whether it is large tree limbs or the whole tree, please report to siouxfalls.org/report or use the City of Sioux Falls app. The storm damage needs to be tracked, and we need your help.

Because of the Emerald Ash Borer, tree debris from Sioux Falls must be disposed of within the ash tree wood quarantine area. Storm related tree debris likely contains ash wood since over 41% of Sioux Falls' street trees are ash. 

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Yes. Please follow the safety guidelines from Sioux Falls Fire at https://siouxfalls.org/safety/open-burning

The City has a list of licensed residential contractors and tips in how to hire a contractor. Visit https://www.siouxfalls.org/planning-dev/building/building/hiring-contractor for information. Parks and Recreation has information on licensed arborists with the City at https://www.siouxfalls.org/parks/forestry/licensed-arborists. In general, the Better Business Bureau recommends making sure anyone you hire is licensed with the City, is insured and bonded. Also, don’t pay for services until work has started.