Gov. Daugaard requests FEMA to assess damage of Christmas Day storm

PIERRE, S.D. - Authorities say Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested FEMA join state and local officials in a review of damage done to public property in 24 counties and on four tribal reservations during the recent Christmas Day storm.

The Department of Public safety says the process is called a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA).

The state Office of Emergency Management made the request to FEMA Monday.

Blizzard conditions, high winds and freezing rain were all part of the Dec. 25 storm, which resulted in electrical power outages, stranded motorists and closed roads.

The DPS says counties in the assessment are: Butte, Clark, Codington, Corson, Day, Deuel, Dewey, Edmunds, Fall River, Faulk, Grant, Haakon, Hamlin, Harding, Jackson, Jones, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Perkins, Roberts, Stanley, Sully and Ziebach. Tribes involved are: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Officials will verify the damage information provided by the counties., which will help determine whether federal assistance should be requested.