South Dakota Governor seeks disaster declaration for May stormsPIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Thursday requested federal assistance from President Barack Obama to help the state recover from thunderstorms, flooding and a tornado.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Thursday requested federal assistance from President Barack Obama to help the state recover from thunderstorms, flooding and a tornado.
The request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration stems from a series of storms that hit the state from May 24-31 and covers five counties, including part of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The counties are Lincoln, Union, Lawrence, Corson and Bennett.
If the disaster declaration is approved, up to 75 percent of eligible costs could be reimbursed by the federal government.
Preliminary estimates show damage from rainfall and flash flooding caused $1.4 million in damage.
An EF1 tornado that struck the town of Allen on the Pine Ridge Reservation destroyed three homes and damaged seven others and a church.
In the letter, Daugaard said Lincoln County was especially hard hit, nothing that more than 10 inches of rain fell over a two-day period in Harrisburg.
"Streets were flooded, and the elementary school had water inundating the hallways and gymnasium," he said.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has also requested federal assistance due to May storm damage to the reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. About $800,000 of the estimated $1.2 million in damages on the reservation occurred on the South Dakota side.
"The state did not include their damage in this request," Daugaard said. "However, it should be recognized that both this disaster request and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request should be viewed together to understand the full impact to the entire state."
Earlier this year, Obama approved assistance to help with costs related to the April snow and ice storms in South Dakota.