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Sioux Falls business owners begin picking up the pieces after Tuesday night’s storms

SIOUX FALL, S.D. (KTIV) – The city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is picking up the pieces after several EF-2 tornadoes ripped through the city Tuesday night.

Thankfully no one was seriously injured or killed in the storm.

But, as citizens begin repairing the damage to the city, business owners are seeing the pieces of their lives in ruins.

One such store is the mattress and furniture store Dreamer’s Outlet. The owner says everything inside the store when a tornado touch downed on West 41st Street at about 11:28 p.m.

“Still can’t believe a tornado came through, right through the middle of the city like that,” Alan Grey, The Rush business owner said.

Grey says the bartender at his business, The Rush, moved customers to the back of the bar Tuesday night when the tornado struck.

“Sounded like the window right here crashed in, got all the customers and employees corralled into the walk-in cooler and road it out until things calmed down and came out to this,” Grey said.

The damage, indescribable.

“Seeing it in person, wow. You know probably a total loss,” Gaylene Stocco, co-owner of Dreamers Outlet said.

Stocco and her business partner moved Dreamers Outlet onto West 41st Street back in May.

“An opportunity to hopefully bring more people into our doors,” said Stocco. “Obviously we’ve hit a bump in the road but bumps are made to go over and so we will go over it and find a new location and start over.”

Stocco calls it a blessing in disguise that nobody was in the store when the EF-2 tornado hit.

The only thing untouched by the tornado was a cross, something Stocco calls another blessing.

“My granddaughter made that for me. To me it was just something as a reminder that even though in all this devastation and the negativity out there, the hardship that people are going to go through, there’s still hope. We can all still start over,” Stocco says.

Even though the destruction throughout the city of Sioux Falls is devastating, business owners say people in the community started reaching out early Wednesday morning, asking what they could do to help.

For more on KTIV’s coverage of the Tuesday night storms in Sioux Falls, click here. 

Michaela Feldmann

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