Sioux Falls Tornadoes: Rebuilding Continues 3 Months Later
- Rebuilding from the Sioux Falls tornadoes continues three months later.
- Much of the clean up is done, several businesses are still rebuilding
- 3000 calls were made to the 211 Helpline Center
Time flies. It has been three months since three tornadoes touched down in Sioux Falls, causing damage to homes and businesses and destroying hundreds of trees.
KSFY reports that much of the city has been cleaned up and people are moving forward. However, there is much work to be done and several businesses are still putting the pieces back together.
Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken sat down with KSFY and recalled his thoughts as the tornadoes rolled in the night of Sep. 10.
"I was very nervous the first couple hours that we heard these tornadoes were coming, and after they came. Were there going to be injuries? Were there going to be deaths? What sort of cleanup were we going to be facing?" TenHaken said.
Three months later, the city is well on its way to recovering, and the mayor couldn't be more proud of how the community came together in a time of need.
"We had almost 3,000 calls to the 211 Helpline Center," TenHaken said. "Either people who wanted help or people that wanted to provide help, so that's really encouraging to me to see how the community responded."
But even with all the progress that's been made, there is still work to be done.
"We still have a root ball work to do, and sidewalk repair, curb and gutter repair, stump removal to do, but overall it's mostly cosmetic," TenHaken said.
For some businesses hit hard though, there is still uncertainty. TenHaken says, while the city has done what they can to help, it's disappointing to see them in this position.
"While they may have insurance to cover their downtime, you have to get those customers back into the grove of visiting their establishment, so that's something we're going to stay cognitive of and see if we can't help with when they reopen," TenHaken said.
Broker Linda Dunham, with Solutions Property Management, manages the Plaza 41 property, she says the reconstruction process has gone smoothly.
Dunham says the building has been completely gutted, and crews are still working to replace the roof.
She added some of the businesses in Plaza 41 will be reopening this spring, and the rest should be open by the summer of 2020