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Federal aid dependent on number of flood damage reports

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 While it might go against the hardy nature of many South Dakotans, officials strongly recommend homeowners report any flood damage they may have received from recent storms.

Even if homeowners feel their home was not hit that badly, all claims are factored in when the Federal Emergency Management Agency considers how much money is spent in an affected area.

“It’s extremely important for us to accurate counts on homes impacted and the reason for that is it increases the percentage of how much that community was impacted so we can potentially be able to claim FEMA dollars into the community or region,” said Lisa Alder with Lutheran Social Services Disaster Relief.

Anyone can report flood damage by simply dialing 211.

In Worthing, city leaders hope Federal aid will help cover some of the city's repair costs. City Hall flooded for the third time in two years. This time, they had four to five inches of standing water and had to remove more than a foot of sheetrock from every wall inside City Hall.

“The hope is we can use some of the dollars we potentially get from FEMA, we don't like to take handouts but if they're willing to help us out and address some of these issues so they don't happen in the future, we don't turn that type of assistance away,” said Mayor Eric Saugstab.

Worthing and other cases of massive flood damage are depending on everyone to report their flood damage in order to receive federal assistance.

“So even if you don't want help for yourself, think about those in your community that were impact, you think o i only had an inch of water, not a big deal, its still important because it helps us bring resources into that community,” said Alder.

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