SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The effects of three EF2 tornadoes that touched down in Sioux Falls six months ago can still be see today. However, it’s nothing compared to the initial aftermath of the tornadoes.
The video below was shot the morning after the tornadoes hit Sioux Falls. Drone video received courtesy of Cory.
Plaza 41 and Advance Auto Parts were two businesses hit particularly hard. You can see Advance Auto Parts is almost unrecognizable because of the damage, but the Burger King next door looks almost untouched.
Compare that to what the businesses look like March 10, 2020, six months later.
The Rush is one of the businesses in Plaza 41. Most of the businesses in the building are still renovating their spaces, and The Rush is no exception. Initially, the owners weren’t sure where to start the clean-up process or who to call, but now the end is in sight.
Stephanie Grey is an owner of The Rush. She says everything happens for a reason.
One of the tornadoes destroyed The Rush. The bar essentially had to start all over, but six months later, the owners say the business should be back together and running by this May.
“Getting bathrooms done, getting sound equipment, TV’s and all of that fun stuff. It’s all of the fun details now,” Grey said.
Grey says doing all the finishing touches may be fun now, but when the family first learned the had been hit they were in shock, confused and frustrated, but in the end…
“Find the silver lining and know that there’s a reason for everything. Al’s been enjoying some time at home. I’ve been enjoying his time at home to do the kid stuff and cleaning and all of that stuff, so that part of it is the silver lining that we’re holding on to. But, we’re very very excited to get back in and get rolling,” Grey said.