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Jun 03 2011

Johnson Assesses Flooding In Waubay, Visits Webster

Waubay, SD—U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today continued touring areas affected by flooding and was briefed on the situation in Waubay by Mayor Kevin Jens and other state, local and federal officials. Johnson also visited Webster and discussed economic development projects in the community.

 “Like I have seen all week in communities throughout our state, folks are working together to help our state respond to the threat of significant flooding,” Johnson said. “I am going to continue to closely monitor the situation in the Waubay area and other affected areas throughout the state and will stand ready to assist our state as we deal with this emergency.”

 Johnson was also joined in Waubay by Carol Gregerson, President, Waubay City Council; Mark Neveau, Federal Coordinating Officer, FEMA; Barb Fitzpatrick, Senior Program Manager, FEMA Region VIII Hazard Mitigation Program; Wes Williams, Emergency Management Coordinator, Day County; David Sigdestad, State Representative and Jennifer Sietsema, NECOG staff member.    

 Johnson was joined in Webster by Mike Grosek, Mayor; Nick Fosheim, Economic Development Executive Director; Kyle Richards, Economic Development Board Member and Sanford Webster Hospital Administrator and Virginia Bynum, Economic Development Board member.

 “As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue my work to make targeted investments in economic development in communities like Webster. However, I remained concerned that the blanket ban on earmarks demanded by the minority in the Senate could negatively affect economic growth,” Johnson continued.

 Today’s tours were one in a series of events Johnson held across South Dakota during the Congressional District Work Period. Johnson has visited Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Yankton, Pierre and Fort Pierre throughout the week.