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Selinger sees First Nation's tornado damage

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Premier Greg Selinger tours the damage Monday from the tornado at Sioux Valley.

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Premier Greg Selinger tours the damage Monday from the tornado at Sioux Valley.

PREMIER Greg Selinger visited Sioux Valley Dakota Nation on Monday to survey the damage from a tornado that touched down in the community July 18.

Selinger said the most devastating sight was that of a home that had been torn off its foundation.

"It was basically a house that been ripped apart so severely that it will have to be completely replaced," Selinger said, adding other homes lost roofs and had porches displaced.

"This kind of event hits people so hard and so suddenly that it really leaves people traumatized," Selinger said. "The good news was nobody seemed to have any serious injuries although the people were in the house when the tornado hit it and they were very shaken up, but we're glad no one lost their lives."

He was inspired with how the community rallied to help each other and clean up the mess of strewn materials that ranged from household items to sheets of plywood.

"What I was very impressed with was that (Chief Vince Tacan) was very supportive and doing everything he could to help people out," Selinger said.

Only one of the homes in Sioux Valley had insurance, according to Matt Williamson, a spokesman for the premier.

Selinger said any damage claims fall under federal jurisdiction, but the province will do everything it can to work with the First Nation to advance any paperwork.

Five families were displaced due to damage to their homes, but Tacan said two families were back in their homes.


-- Brandon Sun

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 23, 2013 A7

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Updated on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 9:41 AM CDT: removes unnecessary characters

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