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A Year Later, Sioux Falls Residents Reflect On Ice Storm

April 9, 2014, 7:30 AM by Brittany Larson

A Year Later, Sioux Falls Residents Reflect On Ice Storm

With the sun shining and the birds chirping signifying a new season, spring has sprung at McKennan Park.

"Pretty soon, we'll see some buds coming out on the trees," resident Sylvia Henkin

But Henkin remembers all too well the difference one year has made.

"I woke up last year about this time and it looked as though someone had come over here and frosted all the trees with frosting, like the frosting you put on an angel food cake. It was beautiful, but it was also almost sad because there was so many trees down," Henkin said.

Henkin says the trees were not only damaged in McKennan Park but also her front yard. 

"I lost a gorgeous Dutch Elm tree and that tree had a crown on it that completely shaded the whole front yard. It was a monumental tree. I don't know how many years old it was. It will take years before all the breakages and trimmings come back to the full luxurious green that they used to be," Henkin said.

She's says she's thankful she doesn't have to go through that again this year.

"It's just almost unreal to have this dramatic of a change. Although it has been sneaking up on us, I mean the warm weather had been incrementally coming in," Henkin said.

And many were out taking advantage of the warm weather. Susan Wullstein spent the afternoon playing at the park with her grandson Elias Ford.

"Well, we had to stay in a hotel for a whole week last year because we lost our electricity," Wullstein said.

And like her grandson, Elias, she too is thankful this April finally feels a lot more like spring.

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