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Contractors make millions in Sioux Falls cleanup

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Private contractors will take in more than $2 million helping the city of Sioux Falls cleanup from the ice storm that dropped tree limbs in the area earlier this month.

After the ice storm began April 9, the city tapped private arborists and debris haulers to help city crews clear snow, ice and fallen tree limbs.

The Argus Leader reported the city had received $334,000 in invoices from those companies by Friday. More requests for payment are yet to come.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials will be in southeastern South Dakota this week assessing damage as South Dakota prepares a request for a presidential disaster declaration. The agency will make a recommendation to Gov. Dennis Daugaard on which counties should be included in a request for federal assistance.