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Cleanup After The Spring Storm

April 4, 2014, 4:59 PM by Matt Holsen

Cleanup After The Spring Storm

The saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers," but many people in KELOLAND are opting for, "April snow... it's time to go."

Thursday night's dusting forced several to bring out the shovels and ice melt for hopefully one last time. It started with thick snow and about three inches later, there was plenty for people to clean up.

"This is just kind of one of those curveballs. Put the plow back on the truck and go back to work," Dan Pyle said.

Pyle, with D & K Lawn Care, was all ready to transition into lawn care mode but the recent snowfall changed his plans. He wasn't the only one removing snow and ice. Gary Williams was out clearing the way for bicyclists.

"You'd be surprised how many people are out here riding bicycles, trying to get around because they can't afford to drive," Williams said.

For businesses, the dusting means dollars. While there hasn't been massive amounts of snowfall this winter, there's been a lot of small events.

"Per snow event, it's really hurt the customers because they're checkbook has been out a lot more this time. Two, three inches at a time versus an average of six inches maybe half as many times. I think our customers are sick of it," Pyle said.

With 50s and possibly even 70s in the forecast soon, this might be the last time they have to deal with the winter-like conditions. For Pyle though, he's getting paid either way.

"Little bit of an inconvenience. We'd like to be doing yard work but, money's money," Pyle said.

While Sioux Falls saw another three inches of snow, other places near Worthington, Minnesota, dealt with numbers up to nine inches.

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