RAPID CITY, SD--(DECEMBER 2) The City Street Department provides the following information regarding snow removal in the downtown area overnight.
*The National Weather Service estimates a total of 14-16 inches fell in Rapid City and 17.5 inches at the airport, coupled with the gusting winds of 40-60 miles per hour, during this weekend weather event between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Sunday. By comparison, a total of 23.1 inches fell in Rapid City during the October 2013 blizzard event.
*City Street Department Superintendent Dale Pfeifle indicates crews and contractors began work downtown last evening, starting from East Boulevard to Fifth Street at 7 p.m. to lessen interaction with the driving public.
*Crews transitioned over to the downtown core between Fifth and Ninth, Omaha to Kansas City Street around 1 a.m. this morning. Crews and contractors were also working in residential areas last evening and overnight.
*Rapid City Police report 21 cars were towed from the downtown core area as part of the Downtown Snow Alert.
*Work continues downtown with heavy equipment including loaders but the heavy equipment work will be suspended to minimize conflict with the morning commute traffic.
*Some areas still have drift rows in the middle of the road and crews will be working this morning to plow the drift rows into piles on the streets. Drivers are advised to use caution today as there are still many large snow piles and drift rows that need attention as well as work on the intersection crossings. Pfeifle also advises the public to be cautious when driving around heavy equipment and working crews. Also drivers are advised to be cautious of pedestrians and other drivers. Pedestrians are advised to be mindful of the driving public.
*Many businesses cleared sidewalks yesterday and pushed the snow into the street for crews to pick up. Unfortunately some business sidewalks have yet to be worked. Any material pushed out by businesses into street areas already plowed will not be collected as crews continue work in other areas of downtown.
*Crews will be in the downtown sector again this evening and overnight to load and haul away snow piles.
*Crews will continue work in residential areas throughout the day.
CITY DECLARES DOWNTOWN SNOW ALERT SUNDAY NIGHT
RAPID CITY—The City is declaring a downtown snow alert overnight tonight from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.
The public is advised to remove cars in the downtown core boundary area of Fifth Street to the east, Ninth Street to the west, Kansas City Street to the south and Omaha to the north, to avoid towing charges/fine/parking ticket. Vehicle owners should move their cars outside of this boundary area during the Alert period.
The downtown snow alert allows City crews and contractors to work to remove snow without facing obstacles from parked cars.
Downtown business owners have also been advised to clear their sidewalks of snow today.