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Storm does damage in Pine Ridge reservation town of Allen

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Storm does damage in Pine Ridge reservation town of Allen
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

ALLEN (AP) -- The small town of Allen on the Pine Ridge Reservation was recovering Wednesday after a strong storm damaged several buildings and three homes.

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The National Weather Service in Rapid City sent an investigator to determine if the damage was caused by a tornado or strong winds that passed through Bennett County on Tuesday. Several structures reported roof damage in the storm.

One of the buildings damaged was a church where an Oklahoma youth group was staying, though no one in the church was injured, said Michele Lewis, regional development coordinator of the Black Hills Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross was distributing food and water and providing lodging for people who needed it. The town is home to about 420 people.

"We are in the process of meeting with the impacted families to verify their needs and offer their financial assistance," Lewis said in an email to the Rapid City Journal.

Only the southeast corner of the county was hit by the damaging storm, officials said.

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