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Trump approves second South Dakota disaster declaration of 2019

Argus Leader (Sioux Falls) logo Argus Leader (Sioux Falls) 9/24/2019 Makenzie Huber, Sioux Falls Argus Leader

President Donald Trump has approved South Dakota's request for a second Presidential Disaster Declaration, Gov. Kristi Noem announced on Tuesday.

Federal funds from the declaration will help with nearly $8 million worth of damage to public infrastructure during flooding in May and June. Heavy rainfall flooded rivers and lakes, even though there was still flooding from earlier in the year. Rushing water washed out roads and culverts as well.

Two reservations and 25 counties will receive assistance including: Aurora, Bennett, Brule, Butte, Campbell, Custer, Deuel, Fall River, Gregory, Haakon, Hamlin, Hanson, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, Meade, Mellette, Pennington, Sanborn, Todd, Tripp, Turner, Union, Walworth, and Ziebach counties, and the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation and the Rosebud Reservation.

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“The impact of this event will be felt in these communities well into the future,” Noem said in the news release. “However, with the availability of federal assistance, combined with the state, local and voluntary assistance provided, it will help individuals, businesses and government inch closer to recovering from this disaster."

South Dakota also received a federal disaster declaration for $43 million worth of damage in March from winter storms and flooding that affected 58 counties.

The state has two more federal disaster declaration requests pending for storm damage that occurred this summer, according to the news release.


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