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Sioux Falls Froze with Icepocalypse 2013
On April 9, 2013, Sioux Falls weather took a turn for the nasty. The city became a beautiful but terrible post-apocalyptic scene.
Sioux Falls got slammed with nine inches of snow and sleet from the storm that took place from April 9 - 11, 2013. That didn't include the ice accumulating on everything during the first part of the storm.
NWS: Event Total Snow & Sleet Reports for April 9-11, 2013
Heavy rains and an arctic blast created a nightmare for many. Everything was encased in thick ice resulting in snapped tree branches and our streets looked like a crystal cathedral.
Then we were dealing with the aftermath of the heavy hand of nature. Power lines were strained from the weight and linemen were working long hours without sleep in an effort to restore power.
It was estimated that 32,000 Xcel Energy customers were without power and the neighborhoods were filled with the hum of generators.
Then-Mayor Mike Huether declared a state of emergency for the city, AKA OPERATION TIMBER STRIKE!
For the next few weeks, there was a constant parade of dump trucks hauling the broken remains of trees and structures to drop-off sites.
Yet, Sioux Falls, South Dakota rebounded stronger than before.
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