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Volunteers needed Sept. 6 & 7 for a clean-up weekend In northeastern South Dakota communities

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Less than one month ago a severe storm cut a 15-mile diagonal swath through north central and north eastern South Dakota. Significant damage occurred in Day County, including the cities of Webster and Waubay, as well as nearby communities and rural areas. Thousands of residents were without power as straight-line winds as high as 118 miles per hour toppled trees, snapped power poles, damaged homes and outbuildings, flattened crops and killed livestock. Damages are expected to be in the multi-million dollar range.

Volunteer crews are needed immediately to help with tree removal, debris cleanup, roof repair and cleaning fields for farmers in preparation for harvest. Although volunteer help is welcome at any time, Sept. 6 and 7 have been designated “Mission Possible” clean-up weekend. Volunteers will be provided water, meals, snacks and sleeping arrangements. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Steve Hargis at 605-770-0653 or sghslh@itctel.com.

“With winds at 118 miles per hour, this storm was devastating. To give you an idea of the storm’s intensity, almost 70 percent of all tornados generate winds less than 110 miles per hour,” says Tom Walsh, Vice President, Program Services, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota. “The winds of this storm would be similar to a category three hurricane.”

To restore these South Dakota communities and farms, an emergency recovery team was formed through the partnership of “Back on Track,” a South Dakota disaster response group, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, Day County Emergency Management and other Volunteer Agencies Assisting in Disaster (VOAD).

Financial resources are needed to assist those who are unable to recover their homes and farms. Donations are being accepted by Back on Track, c/o Lutheran Social Services, 202 S. Main, Ste. 228, Aberdeen, SD 57401. “The people of northeastern South Dakota need your help now,” says Walsh. “We are grateful for all who can help one way or another.”

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