City crews prepare for April blizzard

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — KELOLAND is gearing up for what could be a historic April Blizzard. These last few days of calm weather gave city crews the chance to prepare for what’s to come. The streets department is preparing for long shifts and a lot of snow to remove as winter returns. 

At about this time last year, snow plow drivers were digging out from an April blizzard. Fast forward to now, April 2019. 

“It feels like Groundhog’s Day all over again,” Chad Sundvold, lead equipment operator, said. 

Sundvold says crews here are busy getting the sanders and plows ready for the next few days. 

“Just when you think spring is around the corner, we get hit with another quick storm like this,” Sundvold said. 

“For a lot of our guys, they’re like, ‘Yup. Here we go again,'” Dustin Hansen, street operations manager, said. 

Hansen has had his hands full the last few months in his new role. He recently took over for longtime manager Galynn Huber. He says his crews are prepared to tackle the city’s main streets once the snow hits. 

“When that storm does hit Wednesday night, we could be going through the weekend if we do call a snow alert,” Hansen said. 

Hansen says it’ll be number five this season. His staff expects to work 12-hour shifts through Friday. 

“It is a lot to handle. I think it’s more the temperament of our employees, but they’re ready for anything, anytime,” Hansen said. 

It feels like a rewind to winter, but Sundvold says whether it’s last year, this year, or next year – a certain mindset will always stay the same. 

“We’re civil servants, so we try to do the best for our public. Just like a farmer wants to do their best doing their job, we want to do the best in our job. And we want the streets safe and we want them as good as they can be,” Sundvold said. 

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