User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


44° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

People Survey Tornado Damage In Wessington Springs

June 19, 2014, 9:29 AM by Erich Schaffhauser

People Survey Tornado Damage In Wessington Springs
WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD -

A central South Dakota community is shut down Thursday morning as residents survey tornado damage.

It ripped through Wessington Springs Wednesday night, destroying homes and businesses.

Emergency responders gather at the center of Wessington Springs following the storm.

"The law enforcement response was overwhelming to be honest with you," Dedrich Koch said.

Multiple city, county and state agencies are assisting in the effort. The tornado didn't claim lives, but it did claim plenty of property.

Andrew Miller and Justine Hanson waited out the storm for 45 minutes in the courthouse, which is a designated storm shelter.

"When we came back out, we went down to our house and it's gone," Miller said. "There's nothing left of it besides the cement blocks it was sitting on."

"It's all gone," Hanson said. "We don't have any clothes besides the clothes that are on our back. No money, no nothing but we'll get things figured out. It'll be all OK."

They plan to stay in a hotel for now. The community has set up a shelter for those displaced.

"It's a 4-H ag building. I don't think it's being utilized much at this time. Most of the people had alternate sources of places to go," Koch said.

Officials estimate the storm destroyed about a dozen homes. That number could grow as people continue to inspect their damaged property.

"We looked for about two hours and we finally found some of our stuff in the neighbor's back yard across the street. My pickup is in an evergreen tree in the front yard. It was parked in the garage. It's a total loss; it's gone," Miller said.

City leaders are asking volunteers to stay away for the time being. Immediate family can come to town and help. They need to check in at the elementary school.

Previous Story

Next Story


Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

ISIS 'Kill List' Said To Include Target In Rapid City

3/24/2015 2:30 PM

CBS News confirms ISIS has a target in South Dakota.

Full Story
Family: Crow Creek BIA Superintendent Stabbed At His Office

3/25/2015 4:36 PM

An investigation is underway into the stabbing of the Crow Creek BIA Superintendent.

Full Story
Empire Mall Burger King Closes

3/22/2015 2:30 PM

The Burger King inside The Empire Mall in Sioux Falls is closing Sunday, March 22.

Full Story
Four Arrested On Drug Charges, Accused Of Making Hashish Oil

3/23/2015 1:32 PM

Four people are accused of making drugs just a block away from from the Clay County sheriff's office.

Full Story
Huron Man Dies In Rollover Crash

3/22/2015 11:42 AM

A Huron man was killed Saturday morning in a rollover crash at the intersection of 216th Street and SD Highway 45 in Hand County, near Miller.

Full Story


Events