SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls officials estimate that it cost the city $9 million to respond to a three-day ice and snow storm in April and clean up the mess.
The storm that hit April 9 downed trees, tree branches and power lines, at one point knocking out power to more than 115,000 people.
The cost estimate includes snow removal, personnel overtime, damages to park property and the cost of cleaning up the tree branch mess, an effort that took about two months.
Officials have asked the City Council to dip into the city's reserve fund, which has almost $40 million. City Council members are still debating whether to accept federal help. Some officials believe other disaster-stricken areas of the country such as tornado-devastated Moore, Okla., might need the money more.