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Thune Visits Wessington Springs

June 20, 2014, 6:02 PM by Brady Mallory

Thune Visits Wessington Springs
WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD -

Wessington Springs may be down, but Senator John Thune believes it will not be for long. Thune visited with people who live there, while he toured the damage from Wednesday's tornado. He assured them local, state, and national resources are already in line to help out.

"South Dakota is kind of one big family," Thune said.

Thune said the entire state is behind the people who live in Wessington Springs, as they deal with the aftermath of a powerful tornado.

"So much of our lives is in our homes, and there are an awful lot of people whose lives have been turned upside down in this community," Thune said.

Volunteers from all over South Dakota are doing whatever they can to help.

"We're in the process of feeding people mostly. They did not need too much in the line of sheltering, because of friends, family; clean-up is the big thing," Kenneth Michaelson, American Red Cross volunteer, said.

Michaelson journeyed all the way from Rapid City to help. 

Thune said out-of-state relief is also on the way.

"We've already been in touch with FEMA in Denver, and will coordinate the federal response when we get a federal request from the governor," Thune said. "I know that's already being worked on between the mayor and the governor and the State of South Dakota."

While they wait for help, homeowners who lost everything are staying positive.

"I really liked my house, but it's gone. So, nothing you can do about it," Maggie Doering said. "I'm ok. It was just a house."

Proof the only thing more powerful than a tornado is the resilience within every South Dakotan.

"It's going to take a little bit of time, but we'll get through it. The clean-up period, the recovery period, and then we'll rebuild and Wessington Springs will be bigger and better and greater than ever," Thune said.

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