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Pulling together to recover from the storm


Mother Nature dealt us some difficult cards last week. The loss of two individuals in eastern South Dakota is tragic, and the damage to farms, communities, homes and livelihoods is heartbreaking. However, the immediate response to race into danger to help others by first responders and neighbors is amazing.

I had the opportunity to join the team in the Lake County emergency operations center on Thursday evening. The level of cooperation and dedication from everyone in the center and in the field was top notch. There was a lot of experience in there that led the way through the 2019 floods, and you could see that in terms of immediate effectiveness.

Governor Noem quickly responded and visited both Kingsbury and Lake Counties the night of the storm to offer all the assistance her office could provide. She and her team have continued to reach out to myself and others to make sure the area has all the resources we need.

National Guard members arrived Friday morning to clear roadways and right of ways. Various agencies within the city and county immediately began restoration efforts and continue to communicate effectively with the public. Utility crews have worked tirelessly in dangerous conditions to restore power across the area.

These folks are why this is the best place to live, work and play, and I’m thankful for every one of them and their efforts. There is a long road to full recovery, but we will get through this together; we can be confident that our best days lie ahead.

Thank you for allowing me to represent you and our future generations as a common-sense conservative, who believes in limited government, fiscal responsibility and protecting personal liberties. Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note at or follow me on social media at Casey Crabtree for SD Senate.


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