Sen. John Thune visits Wessington Springs; cleanup in full swing - KOTA Territory News

Sen. John Thune visits Wessington Springs; cleanup in full swing

The people of Wessington Springs are dealing with the worst scenario, but making the best of it.
The tornado that ripped through the tiny town Wednesday, ruined several dozen homes and businesses and injured one person. Those displaced have found temporary homes.
Power is out everywhere but the hospital and a nursing home in Wessington Springs is fully functioning on generator power.The american red cross is providing mental-health services.

U.S. Senator John Thune (R) visited the wreckage Friday morning, and he calls the site 'stunning.' "FEMA, soon as the governor issues a disaster declaration, will come out and do a damage assessment and that will determine what forms of federal assistance might be available," said Thune. "But right now, we need to make sure things get cleaned up and that people recover, and then we'll work on rebuilding."

The community will be in need of volunteers, but city leaders will not be allowing anyone in from outside the community until Saturday at the earliest.
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