Strong winds and large hail made their way through Sioux Falls Saturday night, and many homeowners used their Sunday on Labor Day weekend cleaning up their yards from tree debris.
It was a storm that disappeared almost as fast as it came through the city.
"All of a sudden, the wind started howling. My wife was sleeping on the couch and she woke up and we looked outside and it was getting really ugly out," Jerry Phillips said.
What the storm left behind is forcing many homeowners to spend the rest of their Labor Day weekend picking up the pieces.
"We come out and we start seeing trees that were down, evergreens that were down," Phillips said.
Along Old Yankton Road in south Sioux Falls, trees were hit the hardest. Several trees were uprooted, including one that now leans on a neighboring house.
As for Phillips and his home, his focus is on a group of evergreen trees on the north end of his property.
"Just missed the garage. If it would've fell straight to the south, it would've probably hit the garage," Phillips said.
He is lucky in that sense, but he still is hurt by the damage caused by five minutes of strong winds, uprooting trees he planted and raised for two decades.
"These are done now, there's four of these that have to come out, and I've got a natural barrier that I've been kind of nursing for years, so I'm not sure how I'm going to handle this yet," Phillips said.
Storm clean-up is not exactly the activity many thought they'd be doing on Labor Day weekend, but it is bringing out some of the best in our community.
"It looked kind of like a disaster zone with all the trees uprooted from the roots versus just tree branches down," volunteer Brett Vanbochove said.
The idea of community support is highlighted by one family just lending a helping hand.
"We go to the same church, and we stopped out and helped clean up and got some neighbors to help out and took care of it real quick," Vanbochove said.
The more help the better as the clean-up in Sioux Falls continues.
Phillips is hoping to get an arborist out to his property soon to see what he can do about his damaged evergreens, but he says they will be likely removed in the coming days.