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Daugaard asks Obama for disaster aid


Pierre, SD (KELO-AM) Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from the flooding and tornadoes in June.

Jason Bauder with State Emergency Management says this request is for public assistence to help repair bridges, roads and public buidlings. The Governor's request for individual assistence was denied.  

The request for public assistance in 12 counties and the portion of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation that lies in Corson County. Preliminary damage assessments showed that the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding caused damage to public property estimated at more than $6.8 million.

The damage occurred in Butte, Clay, Corson, Dewey, Hanson, Jerauld, Lincoln, Minnehaha, Perkins, Turner, Union and Ziebach counties and the Standing Rock Reservation.

The request is a necessary step for federal disaster funds to be made available to South Dakota. If the President grants the declaration, up to 75 percent of eligible costs could be reimbursed by the federal government. The request does not guarantee federal funding will be made available to South Dakota.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency participated earlier this week in the preliminary damage assessments.