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National Guard Leaves Wessington Springs

National Guard Leaves Wessington Springs

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WESSINGTON SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota National Guard soldiers have left Wessington Springs after spending about a week helping clean up in the tornado-ravaged town.

Mayor Melissa Mebius says that the soldiers are no longer needed, and they left on Tuesday.

The June 18 tornado damaged dozens of homes and businesses. Mebius says most of the major debris has been picked up, and many of the damaged houses have been torn down.

Mebius says there has been progress but “it’s not a quick fix.”

Volunteers have flocked to the town to help with cleanup. Aid also is coming in other forms. The Red Cross has handed out about 37,000 meals, a Sioux Falls church has donated 10,000 bottles of water and a Mitchell boutique, Dakota Scents, has started a toy drive.

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