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April 10th, 2013 by Alica

Our big tree in the front yard lost about six big branches yesterday from the ice. Of course, the branch that hit the house was the biggest one that fell. It did a little damage to our newly-shingled roof. Not sure of the extent of the damage, though. My husband will have to climb onto the roof to tell for sure.
The city will let people drop off their fallen branches just east of the hockey rink at McHardy Park. I hear there’s a big run on chainsaws at hardware stores.

Be careful with those power tools, folks.

What kind of damage, if any, did you have during this week’s ice storm?

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18 Responses

  1. K Says:

    does anyone know if there will be a tree drop off in Valley?

  2. z Says:

    I don’t have access to a chainsaw and still have big limbs hanging from some trees. I also have a bunch on the ground. Does anyone know if the city would take care of the cutting of all these for a fee? Or, is there someone in town you might suggest who does this kind of work?

  3. Alica Says:

    To #1: Valley Springs officials are meeting this afternoon to decide what to do about that.

    To #2: Call City Hall at 582-6515 and they will be able to advise you.

  4. M Says:

    We are south of Valley Springs and still do not have power. We know they are working hard! Lots of trees down and we continue to see more falling. We have trees down on outbuildings and electric poles down. Lots of clean up :) Thankful we are all safe!

  5. K Says:

    Thanks Alica

  6. Alica Says:

    Valley Springs residents can take their fallen branches to the usual drop off site, by the city lagoons.

  7. Alica Says:

    To #4: How do you log on to the blog if you don’t have power? (Just kidding. I’m assuming you are not at your home when you log on.) How are you holding up?

    Would you be interested in talking to me for mention in our weather-related stories in the Challenger? If so, please email me at apthiele@argusleader.com. Thank you.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Do the electric companies have a long-term plan to start burying their lines? A lot of the cable and telephone companies are doing that. Shouldn’t the electric companies do the same?

  9. Alica Says:

    The city will pick up trees beginning April 29. If you want the city to pick up your fallen branches, put them close to the curb by April 28.

    Do not put branches on the street or the sidewalk. Be sure to keep access to fire hydrants open.

    The city will take only fallen branches. The city will not take anything that is more than 15 feet from the curb.

  10. Anon Says:

    Why the 2 week wait? Looking at my neighbor hood, there already is plenty stacked by the street. Why not start now, rather than hamper snow removal with the next storm? WOW, incredible

  11. Alica Says:

    To #10: I don’t know the answer for sure, but if I had to guess, I’d say that the county vehicles and the prisoners that the city are going to use are busy right now in Sioux Falls, and Brandon has to wait its turn for access to them.

    That’s my guess, anyway.

  12. old dog Says:

    Brownie, you are doing a heck of job. Remember that comment from Catrina. Well, we have our own Brownie in the tree pick-up disaster. First, it took a week to hold a meeting to decide to do something. Then the date was set for 2 weeks later to start, 3 weeks after the fact. In the meantime, Sioux Falls had started clean-up 2 days after the storm. In the mean time, we can haul it ourselves to an area that is a mud hole with the frost coming out and the moisture that fell. There could have been someone with the city front end loader pushing the pile into a managable shape so it was easier to dump. They also could have a traffic pattern established, plus they could have used the loader to grade the ruts that caused people to get stuck or damage their vehicle. Thank God for neighbors and church group who went around to help people that needed it. Once again, we can not depend on our city to assist in the time of need. They go through the motions with little action. Way to go Brownie.

  13. Frank Rizzo Says:

    They could have pushed the mud off with the payloader and made it easier to get around the dump site but our city workers cant think out side the box!

  14. anonymous Says:

    I’ve been noticing people in my neighborhood taking advantage of the city pickup. They are trimming trees that had no damage and one neighbor even cut down 3 trees that he just didn’t like…they are placing them for the city to haul. I think that’s dishonest. Aren’t the taxpayers who are really paying for this?? We paid a group to pick up all our branches and have nothing out there for the city to haul.

  15. Alica Says:

    To #14: The city’s fallen branch pick up is just that, for fallen branches from the recent ice storm. I agree, it seems that some people took advantage of the pick up by doing some additional trimming. That should have been taken care of separately.

    People also have been dumping grass clippings and garbage at the fallen branch drop off site at McHardy Park. City workers have to separate those items from the fallen branches that are there legitimately.

    Please, folks, play by the rules.

  16. Anon Says:

    I wonder if the city should consider a spring clean-up day or at least a place for us to drop off branches, landscape trimmings, etc. that everyone has in the spring. Other communities that offer that service have a tidier town as people actually have a place to get rid of “stuff”.

  17. Anon1955 Says:

    I for one would like to thank the city for the branch pickup. I don’t own a truck, so dragging the branches behind my car would not have made me popular, lol. The issue wasn’t just the fallen branches (which were bad enough) but the hangers were a real problem also. I think their timing was just about perfect - it takes time to move and cut the branches. The weather wasn’t perfect and most folks needed 2 weekends to get things done. So thank you Brandon.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    City is Closing Tree Drop off and people are still have trees that need to be trimmed

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