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
June 14, 1999
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Assistance programs for disaster recovery in southwestern South Dakota continue to expand. "We have had staff people here in the state since June 5, just hours after the tornado," said Federal Coordinating Officer Pete Bakersky of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "And we will stay here as long as it takes, to help people recover from what has happened and be able to move on with their lives." Bakersky announced the following.
June 9, 1999
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal disaster aid was made available today for tornado victims in southwestern South Dakota under a major disaster declaration issued for the state by President Clinton, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).