PIERRE, SD (Dakota News Now) – The South Dakota Department of Public Safety announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved additional assistance for three South Dakota counties for the December 2022 winter storms.
Ziebach County has been approved for funding under the FEMA Community Assistance Program, while Jackson and Oglala Lakota counties have been approved for snow removal in addition to their previous Community Assistance Program approval. Snow removal assistance funding allows local jurisdictions to be reimbursed for the costs of a 48-hour snow removal period.
South Dakota has received a Presidential Disaster Declaration, which allows FEMA to help local governments in South Dakota repair infrastructure damage caused by the severe winter storm.
Governor Noem signed it in February 2023 Executive Order 2023-03who declared a disaster in the affected regions.
To date, the Community Assistance Program has been approved for Bennett, Brookings, Clark, Day, Dewell, Hamlin, Jackson, Jones, Kingsbury, Mellette, Oglala Lakota, Potter, Roberts, Stanley, Todd, Tripp and Ziebach counties.
The State Office of Emergency Management, within the Department of Public Safety, works with FEMA on disaster declarations.
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