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Noem, TenHaken, other officials discuss response to storm damage

Published: May. 13, 2022 at 8:33 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Officials will hold a briefing in Sioux Falls Friday morning to talk about cleanup plans after a massive storm system blew through the region.

A powerful storm moved rapidly across eastern South Dakota Thursday, blowing up a massive wall of dust and downing trees and power lines across the area. Gov. Noem said the event was considered high wind event. TenHaken said the tornado sirens are only sounded when there is a spotted tornado, therefore the sirens were not sounded.

Report damages and support services

Officials want to remind people to call 211 to report damages and for support after the storm.

Steve Kolbec with Xcel Energy, to stay away from the fallen power lines. Kolbec said do not assume the company knows you do not have power, call 1-800-895-4999 to report any outages.

The Department of Public Safety is managing all the responding organizations.

Stay safe after the storm

Mayor Paul TenHaken said to treat intersections as 4-way stops as the lights may have been damaged.

Officials advise people to be extremely cautious around fallen or damaged power lines, which can cause death by electrocution. Officials say 11 power lines have been reported damaged.

Impact from the storm

There have been two deaths reported so far.

Noem said many farms and ranches were also impacted, buildings have been knocked out Birds of Cattle and some farms have been completely wiped out.

There have been some tribes that have had damage to their buildings and have not asked for government assistance.

The city of Arlington is still evaluating their damage and have reported damages to businesses.

Clean-up operations

Gov. Noem said she has declared a South Dakota in a of emergency. An emergency declaration allows FEMA to help cover costs to repair public buildings but does not offer financial support to individual families.

Noem said individual families should report any damages to their homes or cars to insurance companies. She said make sure to keep receipts if you have been displaced and are staying in a hotel because insurance companies will need that proof.

The task force in Huron is responding to different communities and will be deployed to communities that were hardest hit. Twenty national guard members will be coming in, there were for sure, sixty homes that had damage. In Madison, 50 guard members will arrive to help.

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