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SIOUX FALLS TORNADO RESPONSE

Sioux Falls residents or business owners needing to report damage?

Dial 211. 

Want to volunteer? 

  • For residents wanting to help in the clean up response, call 211.
  • Volunteers that have access to heavy equipment, trucks, trailers are is greatest need right now.

Updates from the City of Sioux Falls

  • For Storm Response Updates/Information and FAQs, visit SiouxFalls.org/Storm.
  • Sioux Falls has a road closure map for the streets of Sioux Falls (also known as hazardous location map).
    • Please do not drive around barricades, take a different route. If you do, you risk a fine of $122.50, or ruin your car (which would be more costly).
    • Please stay away from affected areas; responders and homeowners need to have the ability to get quickly to the properties.
  • Tree grinding operations are underway
    • Grinding tree debris reduces the volume of waste (tree debris) and allows for more efficient management of storm debris.
  • ParksMultiple parks along Skunk Creek and the Big Sioux River and some sections of the Bike Trail System remain closed due to high water and debris. Spencer Park is the only one that remains closed at this time.
    • Legacy Park, Yankton Trail Park, Pasley Park and Tuthill Park are now open.

Tree Information

  • Tree Debris Removal Options – See infographic here
    1. Do it yourself – if you can
    2. Call 2-1-1 – if the job is too big for you
    3. City will assess – see if it can be done by the city or a contractor
  • Disposal Sites: Branches and trees can be taken to either of the free drop-off sites for disposal:
    • Site 1 –  Street Division Campus (Chambers Street and Cliff Avenue). 
      • Hours of operation: 7:00am – 8:00pm, daily, through the end of September.
    • Site 2 – North of 12th Street and Lyons Boulevard.
      • Hours of operation: 7:00am – 8:00pm, daily, through the end of September.
    • Site 3 – Mueller Pallets -East of Tea location: 27163 471st Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57108 (Take I-29 South to Tea Exit, head East and then South on 471st)
      • Hours of operation: 7:00am – 7:00pm, Monday – Friday and 8:00am – 12:00noon, Saturday
    • Site 4 – Mueller Pallets – West of Sioux Falls location: 47868 Sands Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57107 (by Tea/Ellis Road, Ellis/12th Street, Due west of Family Park)
      • Hours of operation: 8:00am – 7:00pm, Monday – Friday and 8:00am – 12:00noon, Saturday
  • Surveys continue to assess infrastructure damage from uprooted trees. Teams are documenting damage to sidewalks, curb and gutter, counting the number of tree root balls that need to be removed and the number of stumps that need to be ground in the public right of way. Surveys should be completed by the end of the week. This information will be summarized and used to develop a plan for private contractors to bid the restoration work.
  • Parks Department crews continue to support the tornado cleanup efforts especially through the parks system. They are addressing hangers and hazardous trees in the public right of way (street trees).

Debris Management (Non-tree Debris)

  • Non-tree storm related debris can be taken to the Regional Landfill located at 26750 464th Avenue, Hartford, SD 57033 at no charge through the end of September. Normal landfill hours are 7:30am – 5:00pm, Monday – Saturday. All loads must be tarped

Veterans Needing Assistance

An emergency relief fund has been set up for veterans that were negatively impacted by recent weather incidents (flood and tornado). Veterans contact Owen at the VA and he will start the process of funding relief. Further questions, feel free to call the office at (605) 332-6866 or Owen at (605) 332-6896.

Businesses and Non Profits Offering Assistance

  • To see a list of businesses giving back: 
  • East River Foster Parent Network
    • Is opening up their Clothing Closet to victims of the tornado. Regular hours are 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Tuesdays and 9:00am – 12:00noon on Fridays, but you can call and ask about other times. 605-941-8637
  • Feeding South Dakota
    • For individuals needing assistance replacing the food they lost because of the storm, please visit the food pantry located at 4701 N. Westport Avenue. It is open from 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday. 
  • Shomer Rentals
    • Campers for rent through Shomer Rentals are available at a reduced cost. Individuals or families could them go and live at the Tower Campground for the next month or two, while their houses were getting repaired or fixed. For more information, contact (712) 737-8931.
  • AirBnB
    • Offering its Open Homes program to people who are displaced because of recent tornadoes and flooding in South Dakota.The program is being offered through October 4 and is available to those in need in South Dakota and surrounding states. 

Using Legitimate Businesses in Recovery

  • The Better Business Bureau has put together information regarding hiring trustworthy contractors, roofers and arborists and how not to get scammed in the days and weeks ahead.  Visit http://www.bureaunews.org/disaster_landing.html
  • Contractors should be able to show you a contract they have with the City so you can be sure that they are a legitimate business.
  • Don’t pay anyone until the work is started.

Avera Closures

  • Patients who need behavioral health assessments can call the Avera Behavioral Health assessment line at 605-322-4065.
  • Walk-in assessments are now available again, 24/7, at Avera Behavioral Health at 4400 W. 69th Street
  • The Avera Heart Hospital is operational, and visitors can enter through the emergency department. The emergency department remains open, and all necessary surgeries are on schedule.
  • The Avera Sports Dome sustained significant damage and remains closed.
  • The main Avera McKennan campus remains operational, and all clinics located on campus are open as usual unless noted otherwise here.

Siren Issue

  • Warning sirens are intended to warn outdoor residents of an approaching storm. The system is activated by the 911 Dispatch Center with guidance from the National Weather Service. The Mayor assured residents that the siren system does work. There was an element of human error. Plans to remedy the situation going forward are being discussed and put in place. 
  • Indoor residents are intended to receive information through tv, social media, wireless alert system.

Donations

  • The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation has established the Sioux Falls Tornado Recovery Fund following the devastating storms that hit the city on Sept. 10.
    Gifts made to the fund will help residents recover from tornado-related damage.
  • Gifts to the Sioux Falls Tornado Recovery Fund can be made online by visiting the website at https://www.sfacf.org/ or can be delivered to the Community Foundation’s office, located at 200 N. Cherapa Place in downtown Sioux Falls.
  • The Community Foundation will partner with the Helpline Center and other area nonprofits and relief agencies to evaluate needs and distribute funds to storm victims as appropriate.
  • O’Gorman High School has set up a fund for the tenants of the apartment complex by the school impacted by the tornado. Monetary donations can be brought to the high school through Friday (9/20). The office is open from 7:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Currently, there are no sites/locations that are accepting physical donations or items. Monetary support is recommended
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