Pierre Preps For Blizzard With Extra Resources For Emergency Services

(KCCR) — The City of Pierre is gearing up to tackle a late winter blizzard that is expected to drop a foot or more of snow across central South Dakota. Public Safety Commissioner Jim Mehlhaff says city crews will do their best to keep the city moving…

“It’s my understanding that as of now, the city of Pierre is not planning to declare a snow emergency during the storm, but during that time our plows will be out trying to keep the streets open and we would appreciate it if folks could not park on the truck routes… or not the truck routes, the snow routes, so that we can keep those open and if possible it would be helpful if you could just find an off-street place to park your vehicles. I realize that’s not possible for everybody and the plows will be out and doing the best that they can keep it open.”
City officials are taking extra steps to make sure residents can be served in emergencies if needed…

“The emergency services will be standing by to help as necessary. The Street Department and Parks Department have made loaders and plows available to standby to assist our Fire Department, our ambulance service and our police departments to get to where they need to go should an emergency come up and we certainly appreciate that support and the folks working together.”
Pierre Police Captain Bryan Walz says residents of Pierre should prepare for the possibility of restricted travel within the City of Pierre and surrounding areas. He says officials expected significant drifting of snow within the City of Pierre as the result of northwest winds between 40 to 60 miles an hour. Walz says residents should take precautionary measures and heed all alerts and travel advisories.