Gov. Rounds declares disasters in 7 counties

Gov. Rounds declares disasters in 7 counties On Thursday, June 30, 2005, Gov. Mike Rounds issued an Executive Proclamation declaring disasters in seven South Dakota counties; and requested that President Bush declare a major disaster for the state of South Dakota.

�The severe storms and high winds that swept across Corson, Faulk, Hyde, Potter, Spink, Stanley and Sully counties on June 7 and 8 caused significant damage to our power lines,� said Gov. Rounds. �We have determined that the state needs federal assistance in order to effectively respond to the needs of our local communities.�

Immediately following the storms of June 7 and 8, Department of Public Safety personnel worked for more than a week to evaluate and respond to storm damage. From the information gathered, the governor requested on June 17 that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security�s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) perform a preliminary damage assessment of the impacted areas. The assessment indicated that the most severe impacts were to power lines and poles in the seven-county area. Substantial debris removal costs and emergency protective measures were also documented.

�I want to thank the local officials for all of their hard work in putting together the required damage assessments and county disaster proclamations that allow us to seek federal assistance,� said the governor.

Total public assistance damages for the seven counties are estimated at more than $1.2 million.

If President Bush grants South Dakota a disaster declaration, the state will work with the seven declared counties to reimburse them for eligible public infrastructure repair costs.

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