January 9, 2017
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has requested FEMA join state and local officials in a review of damage done to public property in 24 counties and on four tribal reservations during the recent Christmas Day storm.
The process is called a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA). The state Office of Emergency Management made the request to FEMA Monday.
Blizzard conditions, high winds and freezing rain were all part of the Dec. 25, 2016 storm that impacted most of South Dakota for several days. The storm resulted in electrical power outages, stranded motorists and closed roads.
“We believe most of the public property damage was done to electrical power poles and lines,” says Gov. Daugaard. “But this assessment will give us a better idea of what other damage may also have been done.”
Counties in the assessment are: Butte, Clark, Codington, Corson, Day, Deuel, Dewey, Edmunds, Fall River, Faulk, Grant, Haakon, Hamlin, Harding, Jackson, Jones, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Perkins, Roberts, Stanley, Sully and Ziebach. Tribes involved are: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Officials will verify the damage information provided by the counties. The South Dakota Office of Emergency Management is coordinating the effort.
Eligible applicants include state, county and local governments including township and road districts; private non-profit organizations such as fire departments, rural electric cooperatives, libraries and community centers; and tribal governments within the counties being assessed.
Gov. Daugaard says the information gathered during the PDA process will help determine whether federal assistance should be requested and will form the basis for any disaster declaration.
The Office of Emergency Management is part of the Department of Public Safety.