South Dakota to receive federal disaster funds

South Dakota to receive federal disaster funds
"This major disaster declaration and the federal financial assistance it brings is critical to South Dakota's recovery efforts," said Gov. Rounds. "I truly appreciate the president's quick action in authorizing this assistance. This quick response would not have been possible without the immediate reaction of the state and local emergency management teams who began their assessments within hours of the storm."

On Friday, June 17, the governor requested that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) perform a preliminary damage assessment of the impacted areas. The joint preliminary damage assessment by state and federal emergency management officials documented more than $1 million in damages to power lines and other public property.

On Thursday, June 30, Gov. Rounds requested that President George W. Bush approve a major disaster declaration for the seven counties hardest hit by the storms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notified South Dakota on Friday, July 22, of federal assistance for South Dakota.

The counties designated as disaster areas include Corson, Faulk, Hyde, Potter, Spink, Stanley, and Sully. Local governments and certain private non-profit organizations in the seven counties are eligible for federal funding that will cover up to 75 percent of approved emergency work and projects to help restore damaged facilities back to pre-disaster condition. Hazard mitigation funds are also available on a cost-share basis to fund projects that reduce or eliminate future damage.

State emergency management officials are currently informing county emergency managers of the declaration. FEMA officials will arrive Monday, July 25, to begin coordinating the recovery and assistance efforts with South Dakota. A series of briefings will be scheduled in the next few weeks to inform potential applicants on the process for obtaining assistance.

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