WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for South Dakota and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding during the period of June 16-24, 2010.
Federal funding is available to state and eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in Dewey, Perkins, and Ziebach Counties, and the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and tribes within the state.
Michael L. Parker was named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Parker said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
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