Southeastern South Dakota Pelted with Labor Day Summer Storms
Mother Nature had anything but a relaxing Labor Day weekend.
She kicked up an assortment of severe weather all over southeastern South Dakota. The hardest hit area appears to be Bon Homme County, and in particular, the town of Springfield.
Early Monday morning, September 5, 2016, straight line winds determined to be in between 100 mph and 110 mph severely damaged dozens of homes in the city of Springfield.
Reports have as many as 70 families being displaced as a result of this late summer storm. The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Springfield Elementary School for those affected.
Emergency Management crews from Tyndall Fire, Avon Fire, Springfield Police, Bon Homme County Sheriff’s Office and Bon Homme and Yankton County assisted the Springfield Fire Department with the damage and cleanup efforts.
Northwestern Energy worked tirelessly to restore power to homes on the south side of Springfield.
According to Bon Homme County Public Information Officer Lee Rettig, "People are kind of overwhelmed by the strength of this storm."
People who would like to volunteer with clean up efforts are asked to report to the Emergency Operation Center at the Springfield Community Center at 605 8th Street.
Source: KDLT TV/The Weather Channel