Days of ice storms and sustained winds that at times reached 49 mph with gusts above 60 mph have left residents of parts of South Dakota without electricity, heat, or water for nearly a week and counting. In addition, the loss of power damaged the aging water system that serves the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation and the communities around it. Over 15,000 people have been directly impacted by this disaster and current estimates are that some residents will not see the power return for nearly a month.
The Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota has applied for an emergency grant from Episcopal Relief and Development to assist in the immediate relief effort. The Rt. Rev. John Tarrant, Bishop of South Dakota, invites anyone who wishes to help to send funds to the Diocese of South Dakota. The Diocese will use these funds to supplement the grant we are anticipating from Episcopal Relief and Development.
Donations may be sent to:The Diocese of South DakotaAttn: Ice Storm Relief500 South Main Ave.Sioux Falls, SD 57104