Main Content

South Dakota Disaster Aid Tops $32 Million

Release date: 
August 17, 2007
Release Number: 

SIOUX FALL, S.D. -- In the aftermath of the tornadoes and flooding of May 4-5,  2007 more than $32 million in disaster assistance has been approved to help South Dakota residents and communities recover, according to Federal Coordinating Officer Justin Dombrowski of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

As a result of the spring storms and flooding, FEMA has obligated more than $5.9 million for 383 requests for Public Assistance to communities, state agencies and eligible private nonprofits in 23 South Dakota counties designated under President Bush's disaster declaration. The $ 5.9 million obligation represents the 75 percent federal share of the cost of eligible work submitted for reimbursement by applicants throughout the declared jurisdictions. State Coordinating Officer Kristi Turman of the State Office of Emergency Management that manages the cost-share program said the state of South Dakota has assumed the applicants' remaining 25 percent share $1.98 million.

The presidential disaster declaration also included Individual Assistance for residents of Beadle, Brown, Clark, Davison, Hanson, Hutchinson, Marshall, Miner, Sanborn, Spink and Yankton counties.  The following is an update of disaster assistance provided to individuals as of close of business Thursday, August 16.

  • 5,116 South Dakotans have registered with FEMA Individuals and Households Program.
  • $6.21 million has been awarded in housing assistance grants.
  • $551,983 for Other Needs Assistance (ONA) has been approved.
  • The state of South Dakota has provided $814,953 in assistance for food, clothing, and medicine.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved over $18.4 million in low-interest disaster assistance loans to 980 South Dakota residents and businesses.
  • $244,623 has been awarded in Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
  • Over $47,500 has been provided for Immediate Mental Health Services for victims of flooding in Brown and Spink counties in need of crisis counseling.

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
State/Tribal Government or Region: