South Dakota Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes (DR-1280)

Incident period: June 4, 1999 to June 18, 1999
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 9, 1999

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 31, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Disaster assistance for residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation has reached more than $2 million, according to disaster officials. The assistance comes from a variety of federal and state programs included in the disaster declaration signed by President Clinton on June 9.
August 31, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Grants are now being distributed for emergency expenses and for repairing damage to the public infrastructure caused by the June tornadoes on the Pine Ridge Reservation. As of August 25, a total of $648,208 had been provided to state agencies and the tribal government, and to a qualifying nonprofit agency, by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Additional grants are expected.
August 30, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The State of South Dakota has approved more than $329,000 in grants for 200 households on the Pine Ridge Reservation. As part of the tornado recovery effort, the State activated a grant program to help people with the cost of disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other relief programs, according to disaster recovery officials. The program, referred to as the Individual and Family Grant (IFG) Program, is funded 75 percent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and 25 percent by the State of South Dakota.
August 24, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The Crisis Counseling Program on the Pine Ridge Reservation has been successful due to the combined efforts of federal, state, tribal and volunteer agencies working together for the benefit of the community. The rumbling old woman, her gray shawl whipping with the wind, rolled over the tiny town of Oglala on the Pine Ridge Reservation, gray hair flowing wildly. With her hands she ripped roofs from houses and lifted entire trailers, flicking them like matchsticks.
August 18, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Disaster assistance for survivors of the early June storms that struck the Pine Ridge Reservation has reached more than $1.7 million, according to the latest statistics. A total of $1,739,603 has been approved for various state and federal disaster programs associated with the recovery effort, including Disaster Housing, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low interest loan program, Infrastructure, the Individual & Family Grant Program, Disaster Unemployment Assistance and Crisis Counseling.
August 11, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- When the tornadoes hit the Pine Ridge Reservation it set off a chain of events that changed the lives of nearly everyone on the Reservation. In the case of Del Brewer, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who left the Reservation in 1958 to attend college, the tornado brought him home again.

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