Bon Homme County officials say dozens of homes in Springfield were badly damaged by a severe thunderstorms early Monday morning. Emergency crews are assessing damage and beginning the cleanup this morning, after initially responding just after midnight.
Springfield Fire Chief Shannon DeFries says several families were displaced by the storm and some are in a local shelter. Many are sheltering with family members.
Springfield Fire was assisted by crews from Tyndall Fire, Avon Fire, Springfield Police, Bon Homme County Sheriff’s Office and Bon Homme and Yankton County Emergency Management. The Red Cross is also on scene assisting homeowners with sheltering and damage assessment.
Northwestern Energy is working to restore power to homes on the south side of Springfield.
Several streets are closed and access to the most significantly affected area is being restricted.
Volunteers who would like to help with the clean-up are advised to report to the Emergency Operation Center at the Springfield Community Center at 605 8th Street.