Rapid City residents are busy shoveling out from a record-setting blizzard that hit the Black Hills on Friday and Saturday.
The storm dumped almost four feet of snow in some of the high country and more than 21 inches in Rapid City.
Just a few days later, people in Rapid City are getting crucial help from sunny skies and warm temperatures as they scoop their way through the aftermath of the worst October snow storm in recorded history.
The snow is melting fast, which helps with cleanup but also more clearly reveals widespread damage to power poles and trees through the community. Several thousand people were still without electricity in the city, as Black Hills Power employees and support crews from around the region hurried to get the lights and heat back on.
Meanwhile, city street and parks crews, contractors and private citizens are working to clean up fallen branches and split trunks.
Rapid City has set up the following sites to accept yard debris:
Westside: Unload branches and yard waste directly onto the pavement at overflow parking lot of Sheridan Lake Road, Fitzgerald Stadium Parking Lot
Southside: Unload branches and yard waste directly onto the parking lot at the Fairmont Street Yard waste site.
Northside: Use of Civic Center overflow parking lot across (south) from the Club for Boys, unload branches and yard waste directly onto the pavement.
These locations will be open daylight hours, approximately 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.