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Federal disaster assistance covers 12 SD counties, 3 tribes

PIERRE, S.D. -- Twelve South Dakota counties and three tribes will receive federal funding assistance to help recover from June storms. Press releases from the White House and South Dakota Department of Public Safety announced Thursday that the p...

PIERRE, S.D. -- Twelve South Dakota counties and three tribes will receive federal funding assistance to help recover from June storms.

Press releases from the White House and South Dakota Department of Public Safety announced Thursday that the public assistance is made available through a Presidential Disaster Declaration signed Thursday by President Barack Obama.

Counties included in the declaration are Brule, Buffalo, Jerauld, Jones, Lyman, McCook, Fall River, Haakon, Hughes, Jackson, Oglala Lakota and Stanley. Also included are the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, as well as the Oglala Sioux Tribe that lies within Oglala Lakota County.

The disaster declaration authorizes the federal government to provide recovery assistance for up to 75 percent of the eligible costs.

Storms from June 17 to June 24 did an estimated $2.95 million in damage to public property. The storms included an EF-2 tornado near Hayes, winds of 60 to 95 miles an hour in different storms, golf ball- to baseball-sized hail and heavy rains. Damage ranged from downed power lines, debris from fallen trees to washed out roads and bridges.

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Daugaard requested a disaster declaration July 22 after county-by-county damage inspections.

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