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Gov. Daugaard requests disaster declaration for tornado, flood damage

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakotans whose homes and businesses were damaged by a tornado and flooding last month.

The request is for the Individual Assistance program from FEMA. If the President approves the declaration request, FEMA can offer a range of programs designed to help state residents who have been impacted by the flooding.

In a letter to FEMA, Gov. Daugaard noted that the damage occurred because of a pattern of severe storms, flooding and tornadoes during the period from June 13 through June 20. The storms caused flash flooding in many communities along the Big Sioux River in southeastern South Dakota. About 90 percent of the homes within the city of Canton sustained flood damage.

At least six tornadoes impacted Jerauld County on June 18, including one that caused severe damage to the county seat of Wessington Springs.

Gov. Daugaard said the state responded to four Presidential disaster declarations in 2013.

Counties included in the request for federal individual assistance are Jerauld, Lincoln and Union.


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