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People In Wessington Springs Refuse To Let Mother Nature Keep Them Down

June 26, 2014, 10:00 PM by Hailey Higgins

People In Wessington Springs Refuse To Let Mother Nature Keep Them Down
WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD -

Wessington Springs is rebounding quickly just one week after an EF-2 tornado struck the central South Dakota town.

Where severely damaged homes stood a day after the tornado, one week later, you'll find empty slabs of concrete.

Where piles of debris were gathered, now is an empty lawn.

"I never thought we'd be at this place one week out. It is unbelievable," Mayor Melissa Mebius said.

The community of Wessington Springs has rebounded quickly from the tornado left a two-mile path of destruction.

Thursday, Governor Dennis Daugaard met with tornado victims.

"In the face of that damage, you still see great resilience," Daugaard said.

Nearly all of the public spaces are clean and most of the destroyed houses have been demolished. With the cleanup nearly over, next comes restoration.

Daugaard says he is trying to convince FEMA the tornado is part of the same storm system that caused flood damage in the southeast, allowing federal money to come to Wessington Springs.

However that won't likely help homeowners.

"I really encourage South Dakotans to help where they can with financial gifts because I know that it will be very much appreciated," Daugaard said.

One week later, $45,000 have been donated to the Wessington Springs Relief Fund. The mayor says that money will go directly to the tornado victims.

"It will be put to good use and it will go to the people who need it the most," Mebius said.

You can donate through the Red Cross website or call 1-800-RED-CROSS; make sure to designate your donation for Wessington Springs.

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