Trump issues disaster declaration for South Dakota

President Trump has signed a disaster declaration for parts of South Dakota.  The declaration allows for federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts from severe storms and tornadoes that hit the state in September.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster, in addition to aid for local governments and non-profit groups.

The disaster funding is separate from programs already offered to farmers through USDA programs.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem says she’s grateful for President Trump’s quick response, saying they have a long way to go, but this will be helpful as South Dakota rebuilds and recovers. 

Federal funding is available to affected individuals in the counties of Brookings, Charles Mix, Davison, Hanson, Hutchinson, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Moody, and Yankton, and the Flandreau Santee Indian Reservation and the Yankton Indian Reservation. Total individual assistance damage is estimated at more than $8 million.

Federal funding also is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in the counties of Aurora, Brookings, Brule, Charles Mix, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Hanson, Hutchinson, Kingsbury, Lake, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Sanborn, Turner, Union, and Yankton and the Flandreau Santee Indian Reservation and the Yankton Indian Reservation. Total public assistance damages are estimated at more than $8.8 million.

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