Photos provided by Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Published July 13, 2018
EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. — The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has declared a disaster following storms that swept the reservation from 29 June 2018 to 3 July 2018. The storms slammed into the area following normal storm alerts. The storms were more violent than anticipated however, as many reservation residents went without power for multiple days while many lost structures.
Hail from the storms resulted in the loss of vegetation in large tracts of land rendering grazing units unusable and even destroying residences. Miles of power lines had to be repaired before power was fully restored. This resulted in the loss of food for many residents that live in remote areas and usually purchase large quantities of food to minimize the number of trips over long distances.
Several large structures were totally destroyed as straight-line winds tore through pole barns and flattened grain bins. Many large feeders and round bales were taken by the winds and most did not stop until they found a creek or pond.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has instituted a command center for residents to contact with information or questions regarding the Tribal response. Storm Damage Assessment forms have been generated to assist in getting help to residences that have been damaged during the storms.
Chairman Frazier stated, “These storms crippled many of our resident’s homes for days and some have lost their homes altogether. Declaring a disaster will assist both the Tribe and individuals get additional resources to assist in recovering from these storms.”