Hundreds of volunteers turned out to help residents of Springfield after a weekend storm displaced 70 people.
The Bon Homme County Emergency Management Office says the early Monday storm brought straight-line winds of up to 110 mph that destroyed four homes and damaged dozens more. Emergency Management spokesman Lee Rettig says that 170 homes lost power due to the storm.
No serious injuries were reported.
Rettig says more than 600 volunteers showed up to help with cleanup. They brought more than 60 pieces of heavy equipment, including tractors, dump trucks and skid-steer loaders.
More than 80 first responders from Springfield and four other area towns led the effort to remove downed trees and clean up debris.
Springfield Fire Chief Shannon DeFries says that clean up efforts are going well.
“It is a terrible tragedy for those who lost their homes, but for the community of Springfield, it has been a great accomplishment, coming together to help one another in a time of need," DeFries says.
The storm caught the community of 2,000 people by surprise. National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Heitkamp says it didn't have a history of damaging winds.
It is advised those not involved with clean up efforts stay away from the area due to safety concerns.