Watertown, SD—U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today applauded the decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide individual disaster assistance to homeowners and businesses in Charles Mix, Hughes, Stanley and Union counties following the recent flooding. This decision, on appeal, provides assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.
I’ve been traveling across the state to visit communities hit hard by the historic flooding along the Missouri River. It’s clear that folks need this assistance to help them get back on their feet and rebuild their homes, businesses and lives. Individual funding amounts may not cover all the costs families face, but it will help them begin to rebuild. While I would have hoped for this approval in a timelier manner, this decision is good news for those in Charles Mix, Hughes, Stanley and Union counties. I hope FEMA moves quickly to consider requests for additional affected counties in South Dakota.
Johnson is traveling across South Dakota during the Congressional District Work Period. He recently visited Dakota Dunes, Pierre, and Ft. Pierre to assess flood damage and speak to area homeowners. Johnson has also held events in Sioux Falls, Howard, Rapid City, and Vermillion, and will visit additional communities throughout the month.
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