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One Killed During Storm In Lake Poinsett

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Storms that battered Eastern South Dakota took the life of a 63 year old woman at Lake Poinsett Friday afternoon. The lakefront was hit hard by the severe weather Friday, flattening a handful of homes.


A home turned inside out, destroyed by winds that swept across Lake Poinsett. But in one of the destroyed homes, a life was lost.


“At this point we can confirm there was a 63 year old female that was injured and she did pass away from those injuries,” said Hamlin County Sheriff Chad Schlotterbeck.  


The news was tough for a neighbor who traveled up from Bruce to see his lake home, after hearing word of the storm.


“The material things, we can replace. But, the human life, like the lady that died, I mean, you can't replace that,” said Joe Hegg.


Emergency crews evacuated a portion of the lake front due to downed power lines and a propane leak. But, when neighbors got their first glimpse of what was left in the storms wake, the devastation was hard to handle.


“It just looks like a war zone. It's a disaster and it’s never been like this here before,” said Hegg.


The sheriff’s office was working at full force dealing with other communities that also received damage.


“It's been pretty devastating out here for everybody. As a community all of them have pulled together. We've had 3 other towns suffer some pretty major damage,” said Sheriff Schlotterbeck.


For those dealing with the aftermath of this storm, the Hamlin County Sheriff gives a bit of advice.


“Saturday, when the sun comes up, any assistance that is needed, they can either get a hold of our office or the emergency management office. We'll give them the assistance they need,” said Schlotterbeck.


A hectic day across Eastern South Dakota, where severe storms destroyed homes and took a life.

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