PIERRE -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rejected South Dakota's request for Individual Assistance programs to help residents impacted by tornadoes and flooding.
The denial of Individual Assistance came in a letter from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, who said damage to homes and businesses fell short of the severity and magnitude to warrant federal assistance.
"Here in South Dakota, we all know that flooding and tornadoes impacted many residents and damaged numerous homes and businesses,'' Kristi Turman, director of the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management, said. "Unfortunately, FEMA declined to find that we meet their requirements for Individual Assistance programs.
Governor Dennis Daugaard called the denial disappointing, but said South Dakotans will continue to work together to help individuals and communities recover over the coming weeks and months. He said the state is examining all its options, including a possible appeal of the federal decision.
The last time South Dakota qualified for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for individual assistance was in 2011 for damages to homes and businesses caused by Missouri River flooding.