Strong storms hit southwest Sioux Falls Saturday and many are still cleaning up the mess.
The Outdoor Campus at Sertoma Park saw some of the worst damage.
"It was even more than I imagined," Outdoor Campus Director Thea Miller Ryan said.
As strong winds, heavy rain, large hail and lightning marched into Sioux Falls Saturday night, it threw shopping carts through parking lots near the Empire Mall; just blocks away at the Outdoor Campus, it tossed around picnic tables, broke windows and tore up trees.
"We saw an unbelievable site. Every tree in this whole area was damaged or down and we had nine windows broken out. It was quite a night," Ryan said.
Meteorologists say 60 to 70 miles per hour winds whipped through the area. The storm even lodged a piece of picnic table into the side of the Outdoor Campus building.
"I'd like to blame a tornado, but I guess it wasn't. I don't know what it was, but it sure did a lot of damage," Ryan said.
The wind also tore down trees, branches and limbs creating a tunnel through an old grove of trees at the park.
"It looks like a bulldozer came through it from north to south and it just took out a narrow path of everything out here," Ryan said.
And while crews continue to clean up the damage, the director of the Outdoor Campus is thankful that it wasn't worse.
"But nobody got hurt that's the best part. Everything is repairable and we'll plant some trees. We'll find a way," Ryan said.
A way to give Mother Nature a healing and helping hand.
"We're prairie people. We survive," Ryan said.
Tuesday was the first day the Outdoor Campus was open since the storm.