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FEMA awards more than $1 million to Rapid City for blizzard clean-up

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PIERRE -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency will award more than $1 million to the city of Rapid City for debris clean-up from an October blizzard, South Dakota Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones said today.

The public-assistance funds are being provided to reimburse the city for eligible costs of cleaning up storm debris following the October blizzard. The federal money represents 80 percent of the cost of clean-up work done within 90 days of the blizzard. The state of South Dakota will provide an additional $126,000, which represents 10 percent of the eligible expenses. The city is responsible for the remaining 10 percent.

Rapid City is participating in a pilot program through which FEMA reimburses a greater cost share if debris removal is expedited. FEMA provides 85 percent of eligible costs for work completed within 30 days of the disaster, and 80 percent for work completed within 31 to 90 days. Work completed between 91 and 180 days is reimbursed at the normal 75 percent rate.

"The blizzard caused wide-spread damage, requiring a massive clean-up and debris removal effort,'' Jones said. "Providing 80 percent federal funding and 10 percent state funding for expedited clean-up is a real incentive for the city to do the debris removal and cleanup as quickly as possible.''

The payment is the second award to the city under the presidential disaster declaration made by President Obama after the October storm. In January, FEMA awarded $1.35 million for debris removal. That represented 85 percent of eligible costs, because that portion of the clean-up was finished within 30 days.

Other awards related to the blizzard recovery are expected to be announced in the near future. The South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (SDOEM) will continue to work with the city to ensure they are aware of all the laws, regulations and policies associated with receiving the grant dollars that are passed through SDOEM to the city.

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