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First Snowfall Brings Reminder to Keep Sidewalks Clear


SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO-AM) In conjunction with the city’s recent first snowfall event, the City of Sioux Falls would like to remind residents: Don’t wait. Shovel within 48. Residents have 48 hours from the end of a weather event to remove snow and ice from sidewalks. Failure to clear sidewalks will result in citations and other costs to the property owner.

“Sioux Falls, your neighbors are counting on you,” says Kevin Smith, Assistant Director of Planning and Building Services. “People rely on you to shovel your sidewalks for their safety. Sometimes this time of year creates a burden for people who are older or have disabilities, and we want to remind neighbors to help each other out if they need assistance.”

 The elderly, disabled, and school children especially need sidewalks cleared for safe passage during the winter months. Call 978-6900 during normal business hours, or leave a voice message after hours or on weekends, to report violations.

The Scoop It program is available to low-income or disabled individuals who are unable to shovel their own snow. Eligible persons must live within the Sioux Falls city limits, must be elderly or disabled and unable to afford to pay someone to shovel their walks, or have no other means of removing the snow, like the help of a family member or neighbor. Those interested in receiving the service must complete an application form, available by calling 211 or 339-4357.

For more information about sidewalk snow removal, go to www.siouxfalls.org/snow. The website also includes information on how to subscribe to snow alert notifications, a snow zones map, information about snow alert regulations, tips on how to stay safe this winter, and much more.