SD, FEMA open disaster recovery centers in Pine Ridge, Yankton after springtime floods

According to a Thursday, June 13 news release from the Department of Public Safety, the two centers in Pine Ridge and Yankton are offering support for individuals and businesses impacted by Winter Storms Ulmer and Wesley, and severe flooding. Representatives of the state, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be at the centers.

The centers will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. Pine Ridge’s center is at the Billy Mills Building at 85 E Main St. Yankton’s is at the Yankton County EM Building at 807 Capital St.

President Donald Trump on Saturday approved the state’s request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration, allowing the state to utilize federal dollars for disaster relief.

A preliminary damage assessment showed about $43 million in damage to public infrastructure in 58 counties and on three reservations from the storms, and $3 million in individual damages in 12 counties and on three reservations.

On the Pine Ridge Reservation, thousands of residents were left without clean drinking water after March’s floods, and many were stranded in their homes, surrounded by floodwaters. Throughout the state, springtime planting has lagged far behind schedule thanks to severe weather.

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