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Gov. Noem provides update on South Dakota flooding, blizzard conditions

DAKOTA DUNES, South Dakota (SUBMITTED) – South Dakota Gov. Krist Noem signed an emergency declaration Friday following this week’s blizzard and flooding throughout the state.

“The storms this week have been extremely difficult for many of our communities,” said Noem. “This has been a statewide emergency with people impacted by heavy snow, high winds, rain, and freezing rain. This emergency declaration provides state agencies flexibility to help counties recover.”

The extra money comes from the state’s Disaster Fund.

The money can be used for costs incurred by state agencies for resources deployed to the scene at the request of a county.

The emergency order also allows for the activation of the South Dakota National Guard if necessary.

Depending on the extent of damage, the state may eventually request a Presidential Disaster Declaration asking for federal funds to aid recovery efforts.

“South Dakota had a very serious situation,” said Noem. “We had severe blizzards in the western and central part of the state, a couple of feet of snow. And a lot of people are still stranded throughout the state. And down here we are seeing pretty historic flooding.”


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