Pres. Trump approves third South Dakota disaster request this year
PIERRE S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem announced today that the third Presidential Disaster Declaration will cover the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred June 30-July 21.
This declaration allows federal money to be used to help local government entities recover from infrastructure damage in Butte, Gregory, Kingsbury, Lawrence, Meade, and Tripp counties, as well as the Cheyenne River and the Lower Brule Indian Reservations. The estimated cost of damages for all of these areas was $2.5 million.
“Many counties have been plagued by heavy rainfall and flooding time and time again this year,” said Noem. “I appreciate that the President and FEMA continue to understand the impact these storms and heavy rains have had on South Dakota and are willing to help us recover.”
In her request for disaster declaration, Noem told the President that many areas had experienced record rainfalls which resulted in flooding of roads and infrastructure. She also argued that confirmed tornadoes and high winds caused property damage in some areas. She said that the state’s two major industries — agriculture and tourism — were greatly impacted.
This is the third federal disaster declaration for South Dakota this year. One was received in June for the storms in March and April. A second was approved in September for the flooding in May and June. FEMA officials are now in South Dakota working on the first two federal disaster declarations and will continue to work on the third.