It's been a year of unusual weather months before the October snow storm, Sioux Falls was dealing with an April ice storm.
The late-season storm caused an estimated $9 million in damage with broken tree limbs and downed power lines.
Sioux Falls Director of Public Works Mark Cotter says his best advice for the people of Rapid City is not to rush. He knows people in the Black Hills want to get out and clean up, but the most important thing is to be careful.
“I think we see that we have the typical South Dakota mentality with, that people immediately, even before the storm is over, they wanted to get outside and start working. First and foremost be safe and really take the lead from your local emergency managers,” Cotter said.
Cotter also believes that open communication between city departments is crucial for a community looking to rebuild.