Castlewood starts the clean up effort after Friday's storm
It was a stormy night in eastern South Dakota and in western Minnesota Friday night.
Winds up to 80 miles per hour, golf ball size hail and heavy rain in many parts of our viewing area.
Today was a day of cleanup across parts of South Dakota. we went to Castlewood which is just south of Watertown. People there say they feel fortunate to brave the storm. Stacey Popham says the storm came fast and furious.
"It came through really fast, yeah we had to go to the basement and then the wind had picked up. And then we saw everything flown by the windows." says Stacey Popham.
Wanda Laue was in Watertown when she heard the news of the storm hitting Castlewood.
"We really were surprised at all the trees that were down. We were not even able to get through a lot of the streets." said Wanda Laue
The powerful storm toppled trees across town.
Laue said "We have a lot of tree damage, we have several trees down right here, and it's going to take a while to get them all cleared up but some of them we're probably going to have to cut down the whole tree."
The strong winds also knocked down power lines.
"The crews were called out about 7pm last night, when the power went down and the town was down, the restored, we had power restored to a majority of the town by midnight." says Chad Leibel of Otter Tail Power Co.
The power crews work didn't stop at midnight.
"Today, I'm just kind of going around cleaning up individual services and putting wires down where people's masts were tore off their houses." says Leibel
As Laue assesses the damage to her property, she's being optimistic about her tree cleanup.
"We have a lot of firewood and we're going to be using it. we have a boiler in our shed that's piped into our home so we will be using a lot of this wood to heat our home." said Wanda Laue.
Wanda also considers herself and the town of Castlewood, lucky.
Laue says "Despite what all happened, I think that as a town, we're very fortunate that we were spared from any harm and injury."
Power crews tell us the town really came together and helped to get the storm damage cleaned up, which makes the crews job easier.