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June 20, 2014 09:52 PM

Cleanup Continues In Wessington Springs

Wessington Springs, SD

The Linn family weathered through a dangerous tornado together, but that was easy compared to cleaning up what the storm left behind.

"A big heavy air compressor was picked up and lifted. But if you go around to the other side, their little plastic and foam sleds are still sitting in the rafters," Terra Linn said.

With part of the roof missing, this home is deemed unlivable.

"We're not really supposed to go in it but sometimes we have to," Linn said. 

In addition to cleaning up their property, they are also moving.

"We are now splitting up everything we possibly have to need in the next, however long, and then everything else is staying," Linn said.

A structural engineer has also said Norman Tapkin can't live in his home.  But that isn't stopping him from trying to tidy up the property he's tended to for years.

"We found that the roof was gone, all the windows was broke, and all the furniture inside was all twisted around," Tapkin said.

With so much destruction, families are working around the clock to remove debris so the rebuilding can begin.

People living here say a lot of progress has been made over the last couple of days but the mayor says it will be quite a while before things get back to normal.

And while cleanup is not easy, Tapkin says he's thankful for the National Guard's determination to make this town like it was before the tornado.

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