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Red Cross Assists Residents In Waubay After Violent Storms

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"I know the community is grateful for the Red Cross providing services"

A violent line of thunderstorms rolled through South Dakota, with multiple counties under tornado warnings throughout the evening.

The small town of Waubay, SD located in the northeastern part of the state was hit hardest, with winds in excess of 90 miles an hour ripping apart trees and knocking down power lines. Some homes were damaged and other mobile home trailers were destroyed at a nearby campground.

As clean-up began the next morning, Red Cross volunteers sprang into action, providing meals, snacks and water for all responders and community volunteers cleaning up after the storm. 850 meals/snacks/bottles of water were distributed throughout the day.

“We had two new volunteers from nearby Brookings join us and they did a great job,” said Red Cross Disaster Program Manager, Ray Sorensen. “Everyone in the community was really appreciative.”

“I know the community is grateful for the Red Cross providing services and appreciated your services in a time of need," said Mandy Bartelt of the Day County Sheriff’s Office. “I have heard many good comments about those volunteers and how people were thankful for them driving around and providing water and food.”

There have been a number of severe storms that have threatened communities throughout the Dakotas Region. We encourage everyone to be prepared and download the Red Cross Emergency App for free on iTunes and Google Play stores.