How will Sioux Falls Public Works handle Friday’s possible snowstorm?

Let’s pretend the forecast for Friday comes true (I hope it doesn’t) and the city comes under a snow alert Friday night. Will the city be able to dig us out (residential) by Monday morning? I ask this question, because I have noticed over the past two years and the past two winter events recently that it seems the city doesn’t seem to be to concerned with cleaning the residential streets.

Mind you, I don’t want the public works department to plow every street when we get a little sleet or a little snow, but at least sand intersections. I didn’t see one single truck and on my 7 mile commute across downtown to the NW part of the city, no intersections cleaned or sanded.

The rumor going around is that they are short staffed. I was unaware that the city lost dozens of employees in the street department. I also point out that the city budgets for this service and with a $700 million dollar budget, we have the funds to plow and maintain the streets.

So if we get over 4 inches on Friday, how will the city react?

While I had my issues with Mayor Munson, he never faltered on plowing the streets, in fact he prided himself on the service the city was providing and made many improvements.

Maybe the street department will send out peeps to pink spray paint our residential streets to alert us of the deep unplowed snow?


#1 scott on 12.09.21 at 8:34 am

snow removal is even worse under mayor poops than it was under mmm. i doubt they will plow side streets, since it’s supposed to be in the low 30’s next week.

#2 D@ily Spin on 12.09.21 at 9:09 am

What would the Jesus plow do?

#3 Very Stable Genius on 12.09.21 at 10:50 am

I miss that guy under Huether who used to get interviewed before each storm, and then he would put a spin on whether they would plow and how. In the old days, they just plowed. No interviews. That small amount of snow we got earlier in the week froze to the streets and made them slippery – especially in the residential areas – but no sand or salt to be found. We have in this town a snow plow/sanding and salting on demand program, I guess.

( and Woodstock adds: “Ya, after this storm, just for fun, I am going to call City Hall ask them to plow my street and then ask if they could bring a bus to me so I can do my shopping at a further away Hy-Vee”…. )

#4 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 12.09.21 at 2:19 pm

David is too worried about zombies. Taneeza is running for mayor of Minneapolis and ThuneHaken wants us to vote for him because he and his daughter are so cute and fun on Bookface. But all I want is my streets to be plowed, sanded, and salted. Is that too much to ask?…. More street cleaning would be nice, too.

#5 Further Fear & Loathing on 12.09.21 at 2:26 pm

OMG Scott! Don’t give them any ideas! But I do love the way conservatives are in denial about climate change, yet, they play it very chance they can get it.

#6 scott on 12.09.21 at 6:25 pm

if we could give craig lloyd a tif to plow streets, they would get plowed.

#7 Sick of Fearing on 12.09.21 at 7:04 pm

Yes! We’ll call snow a form of blight, that’s the ticket.

#8 anominous on 12.09.21 at 11:24 pm

if anyone needs some salt there is a big blob that the city trucks dropped on kiwanis at madison that is like 4″ deep and 10 foot long

#9 scott on 12.10.21 at 8:13 am

the city is dropping salt piles so church groups can help with clearing the streets. much like tornado clean up.

#10 D@ily Spin on 12.10.21 at 11:23 am

Moses is away. Something about tablet commandments. Meanwhile, worship the Jesus Plow idol and party like a rock star awaiting the snow removal miracle.

#11 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 12.10.21 at 1:07 pm

When Nixon first went to China, western reporters were shocked to see Chinese citizens literally sweeping the snow from the streets after a snow storm there during their visit. The housing crunch here in town is leading to a Soviet style of housing where they want everyone to live in apartments. Do you see the drift? Make sure to stay out of the drifts, however. Although, the mayor wants you to get a shovel.

#12 "Woodstock" on 12.10.21 at 2:57 pm

“I am currently taking bets on what type of plow will go by your house”….. “Will it be a Buddhist one, a Hindu one, a Jewish one, a Muslim one, or a Christian one?”… “If it’s an atheist one, then that’s an omen”….. (“Actually, I wish the prison pizza god one would go by my nest”….. )

#13 Sick of Fearing on 12.12.21 at 1:15 pm

They plowed me out within 36 hours of the storm ending. I think that’s parity with the past, but why was the mayor driving the plow?

#14 Agitator on 12.13.21 at 7:47 am

Stories going around about the lateness of the snow plowing this past weekend as compared to previous years. Rumors have it that approximately a half dozen contractors canceled their contract for snow removal in part because of staff shortages. Another factor was cost. Seems like the city implanted a plan that an attachment to the plow blade be changed every 8 hours at the expense of the contractor. That would be a lot less plows on the street. That shows the incompetence of our city leaders. Since it looks like our local TV and radio stations are prohibited from reporting anything negative that our city leaders do Maybe Joe Sneve from the Argus could check into this. He seems to be the only one that is not afraid to report on anything. As per above from sof-you would think the mayor would be driving the plow on the 8PM-8AM shift so no one could see him!

#15 Fear Not! on 12.14.21 at 8:35 pm

A guy has to be real careful driving a snow plow with all of its levers and pedals. It would be real easy to scuff ones white sole shoes. I’d think.