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

July 14, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Oglala Sioux Tribe members, representatives from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Services and federal disaster officials, held a groundbreaking ceremony July 14, in Oglala. Construction has now begun on the site of a manufactured home park, to provide housing for residents displaced by the June 4 and 5 tornadoes. Tribal elder Richard Broken Nose led the group in ceremonial prayer before disaster officials and tribal members broke ground. "The blessing was to connect the homes built on the site to mother earth," Broken Nose said.
July 12, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Even though the tornadoes have passed, and rebuilding is under way, many people continue to ride an emotional wave. In some cases, basic survival is a challenge.
July 12, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The South Dakota Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health, was the recent recipient of a $193,885 Crisis Counseling Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant will provide counseling and other support services to individuals on the Pine Ridge Reservation affected by the early June severe storms and tornadoes.
July 10, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- One month before President Clinton visited Pine Ridge Reservation for his economic empowerment tour, tornadoes swept through the Lakota Sioux community, destroying or damaging more than 150 homes and leaving hundreds of people homeless. Although those affected by the early June storms are receiving emergency assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the state of South Dakota and various voluntary agencies, many still have unmet needs. In response to the disaster, the Oglala Sioux tribe has set up a donation fund to help their neighbors recover.
July 7, 1999
News Release
RAPID CITY, S.C. -- FEMA has hired 18 local residents from the Pine Ridge Reservation to assist with disaster recovery efforts from tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that struck the area beginning June 4. Local residents has been hired to work with FEMA staff to help take applications, interpret for housing inspectors, and transport applicants between their homes and the Disaster Recovery Center.
July 6, 1999
News Release
A series of violent tornadoes struck the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota June 4 and 5, 1999 killing one person and injuring 40 others. The reservation is home to the Oglala Sioux Indian Tribe. More than 600 families were affected by the tornadoes. Many lost their homes and were initially living in tents and dormitory-style housing. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) brought in travel trailers to serve as temporary housing for some of the displaced until mobile homes or other long-term temporary housing accommodations are available.

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