South Dakota Disaster Assistance Reaches $969,405

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Release date: 
July 23, 1999
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RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Disaster assistance has reached close to one million dollars for disaster victims of the early June storms, flooding and tornadoes that hit the Pine Ridge Reservation. Total assistance as of July 22 stands at $969,405.


  • Monday, August 9 is the last day applications will be accepted from Pine Ridge residents affected by the early June storms, flooding and tornadoes.

  • A total of 1,109 people have registered for assistance through FEMA's toll-free registration line.

  • $325,726 has been approved for immediate home repair assistance and $59,194 has been approved for rental assistance. FEMA's Disaster Housing Assistance provides funding for essential repairs required to make the residence livable, and for temporary housing accommodations.

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved $390,600 in low interest loans.

  • FEMA inspectors have completed 937 inspections of storm-damaged properties. Two housing inspectors are still in the affected areas assessing damage.

  • A total of 1,128 individuals have taken advantage of the services provided by the Disaster Recovery Center in Pine Ridge. Representatives are available to assist applicants with questions about their applications and provide information on available assistance programs.

  • Hours of operation until July 30 are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday - Friday

  • The DRC will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 30

  • Forty travel trailers are currently providing temporary housing for families displaced by the disaster. These trailers serve as an interim housing measure until permanent housing becomes available.

  • 20 are located in the Lakeside Drive RV Park

  • 12 are on private sites

  • 8 are at a secondary site in Lone Elk

  • A total of 25 mobile homes have arrived on the Pine Ridge Reservation. These units are suitable for extended residency and are being made available to applicants whose homes were severely damaged or completely destroyed by the tornadoes.

  • Seven mobile homes have been dispatched to private sites

  • The first two families are moving into their mobile homes

  • Twenty-two Governor's Homes are currently under construction.

  • Fourteen homes have been delivered to a staging area in Pine Ridge

  • Groundbreaking for the development of a manufactured home park in Oglala was held on July 14. The park, currently under construction, will provide housing for up to75 units, with additional homes accommodated if needed.

  • FEMA has funded a Crisis Counseling grant of $193,885 to provide counseling and other support services to individuals affected by the early June severe storms and tornadoes. The federal Grant reinforces existing disaster crisis counseling and outreach services being provided by the State Division of Mental Health.

  • The latest weekly issue of the Disaster Recovery Newsletter will include articles on the closing of the Disaster Recovery Center, the August 9 application deadline and volunteer activities.

  • The Salvation Army continues to maintain office space in the Disaster Recovery Center. Those in need of assistance may contact a representative at the following number: Salvation Army 605-867-2950 Ext. 5209

  • The American Red Cross consolidated its services an...
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