FEMA Crews Continuing Damage Surveys With Local Help

(WNAX) — Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in most counties in the state this week, looking at damage to public infrastructure from March storms and flooding.  FEMA Spokesman Daniel Breen says they will rely on county emergency managers…

“Be out on the ground with our state and tribal partners, following sort of our guides on the local level if you will.  They know the area best, we certainly don’t want to come in and our agenda think we know what’s best.  We take a lot of time listening to the local emergency managers.”
Breen says they will be looking at a lot of public infrastructure…

“There’s a whole list of categories that go from roots and water utilities and that sort of thing, all the way down to things where we may be able to help some of the rural electric co-ops…It’s pretty far ranging.”
Breen says they hope to get through the damaged areas fairly rapidly…

“So on that, I believe we have slated two weeks to work on that.  but again with all things, it’s a sliding scale.  If we come across something we didn’t anticipate; we’re gonna make sure we do the job right and we’re going to make sure that we take our time to check every box and really get a good picture of what happened on the ground that’s fair to everyone; especially given what all that everyone has had to go through with the weather here in South Dakota.”
The damage amounts found will determine if Governor Kristi Noem asks for a Presidential disaster declaration.