Residents of storm-damaged Castlewood still recovering

June 17, 2022

CASTLEWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Residents of Castlewood are still recovering from a wave of destructive storms more than a month ago.

Piles of debris and broken tree limbs sit on the edge of town. Some homes and buildings show fresh wood from repairs, while in other places a hole in the ground is the only sign of a former structure.

According to the National Weather Service, 16 tornadoes hit eastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota on May 12.

Castlewood was hit by an EF-2 tornado that packed winds of 120 mph and stayed on the ground for about 2 miles.