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Support and Reflection After Tornadoes Hit Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Weeks after the tornadoes hit Sioux Falls, support is still rolling in. City officials were surprised this week by a special pick-me-up from far away. 1,300 miles away in West Virginia, second graders at Skyview Elementary heard about the tornadoes. So they sent the city some hand drawn art. “Just wanted to send pictures and notes of support and…

Avera Behavioral Health Center Recovering From Storm Damage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Avera Health is starting to recover and slowly get everything back to normal after three tornadoes hit the city two weeks ago. A number of Avera’s facilities fell victim to the storm, including the Behavioral Health Center, which officials say sustained the most damage.  “There was debris literally everywhere within a half mile of here. There was…

Extensive Flooding Causes Damage in Madison

MADISON, S.D- Heavy rainfall has caused extensive flooding across eastern South Dakota. In Madison they received almost 12 inches of rain over the past couple days. Neighbors off North Prairie Avenue in Madison are all pretty close. They get together for the fun times, but are also there for one another on the tough days. Water is flowing through the…

Sioux Falls Organizations Activate Incident Command Center to Help Floridians

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Hurricane Dorian appears to be changing course, moving up along the eastern seaboard meaning Florida could be out of the crosshairs. However, two medical care providers in Sioux Falls are pulling their resources together just in case. Friday the Good Samaritan Society activated their incident command center at their national campus in Sioux Falls. The main goal is…

JazzFest Delays Saturday Start Due to Storm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Saturday’s storm in Sioux Falls caused JazzFest to delay its schedule. The event was supposed to start at noon, but it was pushed back to 3 p.m., so volunteers could clean up. Luckily organizers were prepared and had the stage, important electronics and gear covered with tarps. However, the wind did knock over tents and blew around items…

Strong Winds Cause Damage in Several Communities

TRIPP & PARKSTON, S.D.-Wind gusts reached up to 70 miles per hour across several communities Wednesday. For some, it left behind a mess of destruction.  In the town of Tripp on the amish colony, one house experienced the brunt of the storm. The wind tore off pieces of the house, which scattered all over the yard. The second story was…

South Dakotans Deploying For Hurricane Barry

SOUTH DAKOTA- The tropical storm named Barry has made landfall in Louisiana. People there are now receiving some help from the heartland. The American Red Cross is sending three South Dakotans to help with hurricane relief efforts. Volunteers like Vicki Johns will help with support in evacuation centers for those displaced by the storm. Johns has been volunteering with the…

I-90 Speedway Near Hartford Reopens

HARTFORD, S.D.-  It’s a day that racing fans and drivers in the Sioux Empire have waited a long time for. Saturday night is the season opener for the I-90 Speedway near Hartford. Employees and management showed up as early as 7 in the morning to finish setting up. In the afternoon, crews were preparing the track and bringing in some…

After Several Quiet Years, Tornadoes Erupt in United States

Pedestrians pass along storm debris on North Dixie Drive, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. At least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana through central Ohio suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service,…

Flooding Concerns Rising for Homeowners Near Lake Poinsett

HAMLIN COUNTY, S.D.- Flooding has hit many South Dakota communities hard this season. Folks near Lake Poinsett are already dealing with water pouring onto their property. With more rain expected this week, comes more concern. Houses and cabins on the edge of the Lake Poinsett are starting to flood. Many of these are summer cabins, so they are empty right…

Digging Out of the April Snow Storm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-While many are staying warm indoors, some folks in Sioux Falls had to brave the snowy, cold weather Thursday. For Sioux Falls resident James Wright, snow days are some of his busiest. He was out scraping ice off his car to get ready for a days work. Wright drives part time for Bite Squad. “People order food because…

City of Sioux Falls Proposes Buyout for Homes in Floodplain Area

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- After one neighborhood got hit hard by spring flooding, the City of Sioux Falls could be buying some of those homes. Last week, neighbors received a letter from Sioux Falls Planning and Development Services about a buyout proposal. Back in March, folks near Lotta and Rose Street off Minnesota Avenue experienced intense flooding that caused terrible damage…

Flooding Creates Extra Hurdle for Sioux Falls Family

SIOUX FALLS ,S.D.- It’s been an overwhelming few weeks for homeowners who have had water in their basements from flooding. For one Sioux Falls family, it only adds to a list of hurdles they’re facing. On March 20, the Krausman’s home felt more like an island. There were a couple feet of water in their backyard, and around 10 inches…

Flood Response Efforts Continue in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  As the Big Sioux River rises, the City of Sioux Falls is focused on protecting homes and businesses. The Big Sioux River should crest around 3 a.m. Tuesday. River levels are expected to stay high for 7-10 days. City officials ask that people stay away from the river as well as closed parks and the bike trial…

South Dakota Officials Warn Tournament Travelers

Storm Will Impact Roads

PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Department of Public Safety is reaching out to people who will be traveling for the state basketball tournaments in Rapid City, Aberdeen and Sioux Falls. They encourage the people who are headed west towards the Rapid City area to be at their destination by Tuesday night. The heavy snow will begin Wednesday morning and will…

Wednesday Temperatures Expected To Break Records

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The National Weather Service is expecting Wednesday to break longstanding records. It will be a cold some of us have never experienced. It’ll be a dangerously cold couple of days. “There’s just a large area of arctic air that’s come down from the north pole and just very frigid temperatures within there and then we also…

Keeping Pets Safe in Extreme Weather

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- When it gets colder out, it affects everyone including pets. Although dogs have fur, they’re still vulnerable to hypothermia and frostbite if left outside. This is why in South Dakota leaving a pet outside in the cold without proper shelter is considered neglect and is against the law. KDLT’s Miranda Paige found out what owners should do…