John Thune

11/18/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/18/2019 19:07

Delegation Applauds Administration’s Decision to Grant Disaster Declaration For Southeast South Dakota Following September Flooding and Tornadoes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today applauded the Trump administration for approving a major disaster declaration for several South Dakota counties, including Aurora, Brookings, Brule, Charles Mix, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Hanson, Hutchinson, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Sanborn, Turner, Union, and Yankton, and the Yankton Indian Reservation and Flandreau Santee Indian Reservation following severe flooding and tornadoes from September 9-26. On October 30, 2019, the delegation wrote to the president in support of Gov. Kristi Noem's (R-S.D.) request. This is the fourth disaster declaration the president has approved for South Dakota this year alone.

'South Dakota has been hit with far more than its share of severe weather and flooding this year,' said Thune. 'I'm glad the administration has been supportive of our state through these important disaster requests so communities across our state can quickly begin rebuilding and regain peace of mind.'

'Mother nature has taken its toll on our state this year,' said Rounds. 'I thank President Trump for once again recognizing the need to provide disaster assistance to South Dakota communities impacted by recent storms. This will help communities and families across the state rebuild critical infrastructure, homes and businesses that were severely damaged.'

'South Dakotans have been hit with tough weather over and over again,' said Johnson. 'I appreciate Governor Noem and the administration's swift efforts to provide disaster relief to our communities hit the hardest. This disaster declaration will provide much needed relief ahead of the holidays.'