City crews continue to work on clearing roads following winter storm
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A day after the area was hit with significant snowfall, Rapid City crews are still hard at work cleaning up.
The National Weather Service estimates a total of 14-16 inches fell in Rapid City and 17.5 inches at the airport, this was accompanied with the gusting winds of 40-60 miles per hour during this weekend weather event that occurred between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Sunday.
According to city officials, street crews were able to make a lot of headway in the downtown area Sunday evening before turning their focus back to residential areas.
Although a lot of progress was made in clearing downtown roads, there is still work to be done.
“We still have a lot of snow piles that we need to load and haul away, so again, we don’t have any interface with the moving traffic downtown during the day. We’ll have to get back to that this evening when there’s less traffic to interact with,” said Darrell Shoemaker, City of Rapid City.
With this weather event the city also issued its first Snow Alert since the policy was added to the books in 2016.
“Basically we are looking at a three by four block area asking those residents or those people who may have left their car there because maybe they went to a restaurant or the bars the night before, you know, move those cars two blocks one way or the other and again, it will enable our crews to get down and do an efficient, quality job of snow removal in the downtown area,” said Shoemaker.
According to the Rapid City Police Department, 21 vehicles were towed from the core downtown area as part of the downtown Snow Alert.