Mourning, Barrier Fencing, but No investigation at the Copper Lounge Collapse site
Work continues at the site of the building collapse in downtown Sioux Falls at 10th and Phillips.
The next steps at the Copper Lounge rubble include mourning and securing the site, but you won't see the city investigate the tragedy.
Emergency manager Reagan Smith with the city says safety is the highest priority and for that reason several roads remains closed for now. Building owners are formulating their plans and will put up fencing.
Smith says the role of the city is to protect residents and not investigate the collapse of the Copper Lounge and points to OSHA to launch an investigation.
Mayor Mike Huether says that for the next few days, the focus needs to remain on mourning the tragedy, not on downtown Sioux Falls business or even what will eventually be built at the location of the collapsed building.
Smith says the building owners immediately affected, such as PAve and Eastwold Smoke Shop will need to get approval for occupancy from the city before opening again.
Adjoining businesses in the block are showing signs as stress with cracking, but the city says they pose no risk to the public and the businesses can operate as normal.
Traffic remains blocked on 10th between 2nd and main, and on Phillips between 9th and 11th. Businesses remain open and hope for patrons to park nearby and walk to their stores and shop.