Rapid City government leaders and residents say they can't remember having to clean up after an autumn snowstorm as damaging as this one.
"We've got a lot of debris left and that's where our stress will be for the next several weeks," city council President Jerry Wright said.
With damage to trees and power lines visible all over the city, council members held a special meeting with department heads on Monday to review problems during the storm and plan the recovery.
Meanwhile, city residents are taking the recovery into their own hands.
"As a farm girl, I forgot how heavy it is to shovel," Pat Renli said, as she shoveled her drive way in the West Boulevard area. "But I was very fortunate because I didn't lose the trees that they lost up and down the boulevard."
Because of all of the debris, the city is considering opening extra yard-waste disposal sites to handle the onslaught of debris.
"I think anywhere there's a tree, there's a problem or the potential. It's not one area. It's city wide, so it's serious," Wright said.
It's especially serious for the several thousand people in Rapid City who are still without power.
"Well of course the power has been a big issue with the storm. They're struggling to get that back online," Wright said.
And that's only part of the recovery effort following a damaging October storm the city won't soon forget.