- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DELMONT, S.D. (AP) - Electricity and water once again are flowing in the tornado-ravaged South Dakota town of Delmont.

A relief fund also has been set up to help victims of the Sunday morning twister that injured nine people and damaged dozes of structures in the community of about 200 people, including a 100-year-old church and a new fire station.

As of midday Tuesday, one of the nine people who were injured when the twister cut through town remained hospitalized in stable condition, state public safety spokesman Tony Mangan said.

Electricity was restored late Monday to the 124 customers who can accept power, NorthWestern Energy spokesman Tom Glanzer said. Some damaged properties will need to be repaired before electricity can be restored, and those properties will be dealt with one by one, he said.

“Most of the people are coming back this morning to homes with electricity,” Glanzer said Tuesday. “With the electricity back, there’s a little bit of normalization for the city.”

There also was water service in the community again on Tuesday, though a boil order is in place until Thursday while state officials await results from lab tests to ensure it’s safe for consumption, state Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan said.

The National Weather Service rated the tornado as an EF-2, with a peak wind speed of 130 mph, a 17-mile-long path and a maximum width of 400 yards.

Cash donations designated to the Delmont Disaster Relief Fund can be dropped off at First State Bank locations in Delmont, Tripp, Armour and Geddes. Donations can be mailed to First State Bank, P.O. Box 68, Delmont, SD 57330.

The Red Cross of the Dakotas on Tuesday moved its operations from nearby Tripp to Delmont with the restoration of electricity and water service. More than 30 Red Cross volunteers are in the area.

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