Massive Ice Chunks Take Over Streets


Flooding turns into ice obstacles for drivers along Skunk Creek Friday. We find out how a combination of conditions creates an interesting issue. On top of ice chunks the size of small cars floating across the road, residents near Skunk Creek also had some damage to their homes. On Friday, city crews took their big equipment out to help.

It’s something residents in Skunk Creek haven’t seen for decades.

“It was a mess. It was flooded all the way up to the park. Right where you see the waterline is where the flood was. Just about took out the bridge,” said Skunk Creek resident, Steve Shields.

Crews have been busy pushing the large chunks of ice off the roads, scraping the pavement clear, then sanding the surface. They’re not trained for this, but they’re ready.

“It’s not typical that you’re removing ice chunks off of the road, but handling ice and snow they do it six months out of the year and they’re experts at it,” said Dustin Hansen, Sioux Falls Street Operations Manager.

Steve Shields came out to photograph the unusual scene. He says the last time he saw this much flooding was back in the late ’60s.

“A lady lost her trailer down here on the corner. It’s sitting in the field in the trees over here,” said Shields.

Despite the destruction it’s causing, he’s impressed with the city’s response.

“Yeah, they’re doing a great job of it. They’re getting it good,” said Shields.  

“Obviously nobody wants this. It stinks. There’s no, I can’t sugar-coat it. But everybody is really coming together. Not only city employees. The whole community is coming together. People are calling in how they can help. So that’s one good thing about living in the Midwest. We kind of come together when times are tough,” said Hansen. 

The roads near Skunk Creek are cleared off now. Shields says this is the second worse flood he has seen since 1969.

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