Spencer Recovery Newsletter

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Release date: 
July 15, 1999
Release Number: 
1218-Newsletter

Important Phone Numbers
FEMA Helpline - 800-525-0321 (TTY: 800-660-8005) 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
SBA Information - 800-366-6303 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
IFG Helpline - 800-932-4027 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Project Heartland - 800-691-4336
Red Cross - 888-238-9400 (TTY: 800-877-1113).
S.D. Housing Authority - 800-540-4241.


Building Permits Now Available
Now that zoning regulations have been approved, Spencer residents can now pick up building permit applications at the city offices located in the temporary bank building. Permits are required for homes, garages, new foundations, fences and other new building projects.
The fee structure for the permits follows:

Construction Value Cost of Permit
Less than $1000 $10
$1001-$5000 $20
$5001-$20000 $30
$20001-$50000 $50
More than $50000 $75
Sewer or Water Connection $35


Trees Available
The Davison County Conservation District is offering small, conservation-grade trees to Spencer residents at no charge. Those interested may call Steve at (605) 996-7140, ext. 202.


Red Cross Assistance Available
Assistance with food, clothing, rent and some other basic needs, is available at the Red Cross Service Center located in McCook Central School in Salem. The center has moved from the Middle School Gymnasium to the Cafeteria. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Red Cross can be reached toll-free at 888-238-9400 (TTY: 800-877-1113).


FEMA Disaster Aid Deadline Nears; Use Helpline to Update Application
The Deadline to apply for state and federal disaster assistance is July 31. If you were affected by the disaster and have not registered for assistance, do so by calling 800-462-9029. If you need to update your application, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-525-0321.


Sheriff Has Some Recovered Items
Most of the clothing and other personal items that were recovered from Spencer are being cleaned and will be available at some point in the future. However, a few items found soon after the May 30 tornado were turned in to the McCook County Sheriff and may be picked up at his office in the courthouse. Included are money, savings bonds, jewelry, photos and other personal items.


Project Heartland Activities
Counselors from McKennan Hospital will be in the area conducting stress relief workshops for senior citizens who survived the Spencer tornado. They will be visiting Colonial Manor in Salem Monday, July 20 and Queen of Peace Hospital...

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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