Eligible residents urged to file additional flood damage
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakotans who registered with FEMA in 2011 for damage caused by Missouri River flooding may be eligible for additional assistance if further damage has been discovered in the past year.
Residents of five South Dakota counties were eligible to register last year for possible damage claims because of flooding. Those who registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at that time are eligible to seek individual assistance - if additional flood-related damage has been found in the past year. The deadline for filing claims for new damage is Feb. 23, 2013.
"Because the original deadline to register was Oct. 24, 2011, many residents barely had time to return to their properties, much less identify all flood-related damages,'' said Kristi Turman, Director of the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management. "That's why the state Office of Emergency Management and FEMA were urging eligible residents to register, even if they didn't have damage claims a year ago. Those who are registered may be eligible for assistance for additional damage from the flood. Those who failed to register are not able to do so now.''
Forty South Dakota counties were eligible for assistance for flood-related damage to public infrastructure because of widespread flooding in 2011. In addition, residents of five counties – Hughes, Stanley, Charles Mix, Yankton and Union – were eligible to file claims for damages because those counties received a presidential declaration for individual assistance.
Although the deadline is several months off, officials recommend that eligible residents file sooner rather than later.
"Damage would be more easily located and assessed before the snow falls,'' Turman said. "People who registered last year would be wise to report additional damage if they have experienced some structure shifting, basement cracking or other damage that could be directly attributable to the Missouri River flooding. An inspector will make an appointment to check the property.''
A total of 1,535 people registered with FEMA last fall. Each of those people is eligible to file additional claims if they have new damage that can be documented as being caused by the flooding of 2011. The filing process is expedited if the individual has the FEMA registration number from the 2011 filing.
Registered applicants who believe they may have additional flood-related damages should contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to request an additional inspection. For individuals with speech or hearing impairments, TTY: 1-800-462-7585.