Daugaard seeks Presidential Disaster Declaration

2013-05-07T11:04:00Z 2013-11-18T16:59:49Z Daugaard seeks Presidential Disaster DeclarationThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 07, 2013 11:04 am  • 

PIERRE | Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Monday requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help South Dakota recover from an ice and snow storm that hit the state last month.

Daugaard is requesting public assistance in seven counties: Douglas, Hutchinson, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Turner and Shannon.

Damage to public and private nonprofit property is estimated at more than $11 million from the storm that dropped more than 26 inches of snow on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and left more than 115,000 without power in the southeastern position of the state.

"The tree debris covered public roads and sidewalks, which caused public health and safety issues because emergency traffic was unable to drive down the roadways and citizens were unable to evacuate their homes until the tree debris was cleared from roads," Daugaard wrote.

The governor said South Dakota is still recovering from Missouri River flooding in 2011, as well as seven Presidential disaster declarations in 2010.

"The costs associated with this disaster, combined with the last eight declarations, increases the state's financial stress if federal assistance is not provided," he wrote.

Daugaard's request is necessary for federal disaster funds to be made available to South Dakota. If President Obama grants the declaration, up to 75 percent of eligible costs could be reimbursed by the federal government.

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  1. ZAR
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    ZAR - May 07, 2013 10:48 pm
    Whatever happened to "pull yourself up by your boot straps" ? The Grand Old Party has shown to be hypocrites on every turn! Don't get me wrong this is exactly the type of assistance that can be expected by a united union of states when disaster strikes!
  2. Reallyreally
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    Reallyreally - May 07, 2013 9:30 pm
    Interesting to see daugaard bash obama one day and ask him for handouts the next. It's good for South Dakotans to see their federal government is here to help. I would like to see the anti government replies to this post.
  3. Renovatio
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    Renovatio - May 07, 2013 5:29 pm
    Hmmm.... I thought the Republican Party was all about NOT asking the Government for money....
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