Crews in Rapid City continue to remove debris - KOTA Territory News

Crews in Rapid City continue to remove debris


Hazardous debris removal continues throughout the city. Weather is expected for the next few days so please exercise caution. High winds and rain may cause already compromised branches and power lines to fall.  

Crews will continue removing hazardous debris around critical infrastructure such as sidewalks and roads.

Please stay off the bike path and allow the crews' room to work. If you see the crews working please give them space as large machinery is in the area and significant amounts of debris make visibility on the bike path poor.

DRIVERS: if you see crews working in road ways please SLOW DOWN and give them space. The crews are working to keep the community safe, please keep them safe by allowing them room to work.

Please continue to be courteous. Many people will be on the road ways and utilizing debris drop off sites. Atlas has affected our whole community, please remember to exercise patience and be courteous to all.

Debris Removal: Curb Side Pick Up

The City is currently developing plans for curb side pickup of debris. To help the City; if you are able, please continue to take your debris to the drop off sites. Start date for curb side pickup to be announced.

If you are unable to take your debris to a disposal site please prepare your debris for future curb side pickup:

Ø  City and private contractor crews can only remove tree branches from within the public right-of-way (between the sidewalk and the street).

Ø  Please move all tree branches as close to the street as possible.

Ø  Please consolidate your branch piles.

Ø  Cut large branches into segments that are less than 8 feet long.

Ø  Branches MUST be placed between the sidewalk and the curb.

Ø  Do not park in front of branch piles. Allow crews access to piles.

Ø  Sacks or bags of twigs and branches will not be picked up. Please take them to one of the free branch drop-off locations. Do not place them by your branch pile.  Crews cannot insure the contents of bags.

o   The equipment used in the cleanup process is unable to safely or efficiently remove smaller bunches of twigs. Therefore, small piles of twigs may not be picked up.

o   Twigs can be disposed of with household garbage or by taking them to a branch drop-off site. Sacks or bags of twigs and branches cannot be picked up. Please do not place them by branch piles. Sacks or bags of twigs can be taken to one of the free branch drop-off sites.


  • Please do not let kids and pets out of vehicles at debris disposal sites. Heavy traffic and large machinery make disposal sites dangerous for unsupervised children and pets.
  • Do not stock pile debris in alley ways. Alley ways need to be clear to all for essential vehicle traffic such as emergency vehicles, power/electric and gas, and waste management.     
    • Do not go near down power lines
    • Remind your children to stay away from downed power lines
  • Please stay off the bike path
    • Large amounts of debris have accumulated around the bike path. This visibility is minimal around the debris piles and large machinery may be working in the area
  • Weather is expected for the next few days, Please stay away from all water ways
  • Please stay away while crews are working, large machinery may be in the area
  • High winds may cause compromised tree and tree branches to fail. Be cautious around fallen or partially fallen trees

If you have questions or need resources for storm-related issues such as debris removal, electrical repairs, roof damage, basic needs such as food, shelter, or animal removal from agricultural properties, dial 2-1-1. Callers experiencing emotional distress can also call for listening and support or to find counseling resources. Agencies needing volunteers, and volunteers wanting to help, should dial 2-1-1 for assistance.

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