Noem Signs Emergency Declaration For Recovery From Blizzard And Flooding

(WNAX) — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has signed an emergency declaration that allows the use of additional state funds for South Dakota counties impacted by last week’s blizzard and flood. Noem says emergency declaration provides state agencies flexibility to help counties recover…

“Well it’s going to allow us to apply for federal funds and get some relief on some of the costs that we have here with infrastructure so each County will need to meet their threshold and qualify. Which I think obviously Yankton County will qualify easily with amount of damage that was done here to infrastructure but it allows us to plow the way to coordinate with federal dollars to make sure that we get back up to where we were before the storm hit.”
Noem made a stop in Yankton to look at flood damage. She says there are several problems around the state…

“We see a lot of folks that were struggling still in the central, north central part is still plugged up. Pierre is just getting dug out now, but really you know the water does a different kind of damage washes away roads, culverts…the stress it puts on bridges, so this is really probably where we’ll see cost escalate.”
Noem says they are also working with Sioux Falls, helping with flood recovery…

“They’ve got incredible damage, you know, more people, more concrete, more runoff you know they’ve got challenges so we’ll go visit and see what they need. They’ve coordinated very well, I sent one of my executive team member to be in their Emergency Operations Center and so he was their coordinating with the state quite a bit and that’s always helpful because we have a big city like that in different needs, you need to have that be streamlined so you can react to it well.”
Noem also made a stop at Dakota Dunes where the rising Missouri River was threatening their levees.