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Lake Poinsett community cleans up after deadly storm

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Thousands have been spending this Sunday cleaning up from the deadly storms that rocked eastern South Dakota.

At Lake Poinsett, several homes were leveled and family members are mourning the loss of a 63-year-old Sioux Falls woman, Deborah Larson who died as she took shelter in her mobile home.

Really quite a scene even two days after the storm.

We talked with a Hamlin County sheriff who said it's been a tough day for the community and the family.

While we were was there, family members were there sifting through what's left of Deborah Larson's home.

Sheriff Chad Scholtterbeck told us the storm that moved through Friday night cause a lot of damage but he's never seen anything like this.

"We have several houses that were destroyed out here and many more have received damage, trees and power lines which are still in the process of being cleaned up and repaired today," Sheriff Chad Scholtterbeck said.

"Everybody has come together in the community and out here on the lake, it's just been outstanding, the volunteer, the neighbors that have come together to get it cleaned up," Sheriff Chad Scholtterbeck added.

Many neighbors walked by to take a look at the storm damage..

From looking at the debris, they say it's hard to believe this was once a summer home.

We talked with Deborah's brother who says she was packing and on her way back to Sioux Falls shortly before the storms hit.

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