Power still out? Tree limbs in your yard? Here's what to do after Sioux Falls storms
The city of Sioux Falls and other organizations are outlining what to do if you need help — or want to help others — following Thursday's severe storms.
Several speakers at a Friday morning press conference urged calling the 211 Helpline Center with any questions or assistance requests, including Mayor Paul TenHaken and Emergency Manager Regan Smith.
The center's website has a page devoted to resources on the storms, including how to file a damage report and how to volunteer to assist with cleanup.
Smith urged people to report all storm damage to 211, even if it was something they were able to clear by themselves.
The website notes that large trees in the street are the only debris that will be picked up by the city, and city engineer Andy Berg asked people not to pile branches and other woody debris on boulevards.
The city's website has a list of certified arborists who are able to help with removing large trees from private property.
Where to drop off storm damage debris in Sioux Falls
Wood debris can be dropped off at the following locations free of charge until May 22:
- 100 North Lyon Boulevard, Monday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Mueller Pallet, 27163 471st Avenue, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m.-noon.
Tipping fees for all storm debris will also be waived at the Sioux Falls Regional Sanitary Landfill until May 22, which is open Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
TenHaken urged caution as people clean up and recover from the storm, reiterating to stay away from all downed power lines.
Other information on subjects around the storm is located on a page devoted to the storm on the city's website.
How to report power outages, damages
Governor Kristi Noem also asked for residents statewide to report damages to their local points of contact, usually an emergency manager.
Noem noted several times that FEMA individual assistance in South Dakota is rare, and that working through insurance companies should be the first move for residents dealing with damage to homes or vehicles.
Steve Kolbeck, principal manager for Xcel Energy South Dakota, said thousands remained without power in the company's service area, and asked for patience during what would be "a multi-day event for us."
He also urged residents to report all power outages, asking "please do not assume we know you're out of power."
Outages can be reported on the company's website, by texting OUT to 98936, using the company's mobile app or by calling 800-895-1999.
A press release sent out Friday morning also noted that the 211 Helpline Center was able to connect people dealing with stress or uncertainty with mental health resources following the storm.