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Thousands Face Life-Threatening Floods from Aging Dams

This photo provided by the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources shows the Spencer Dam near Spencer, Neb., in March 2019, after the dam failed during a flood. (Nebraska Department of Natural Resources via AP)America’s dams, most of which were built more than half a century ago, are in a state of decay that is endangering thousands of people who live…

FEMA lengthens stay in Charles Mix County

Charles Mix County, S.D. – The mobile disaster recovery center in Charles Mix County will stay open longer than expected. The center will operate until Friday, July 19th. Officials with FEMA say they’ve seen “a large number of visitors each day.” According to FEMA’s Pam Saulsby, the organization wants to give everyone an opportunity to register or ask any questions…

FEMA Warns of Scams, How to Handle Rejection Letters

It may seem we are quickly moving away from the harsh realities of this past winter and spring, but the devastating effects of crop and livestock loss, and damage to homes and businesses from floodwaters linger for many. As FEMA centers open across the state to assist residents with claims for federal recovery assistance, Pam Saulsby, of FEMA, offers some…

FEMA Assesses Flood Damage at Lake Poinsett

LAKE POINSETT, S.D.- FEMA officials are finally getting a chance to assess water damage in the Lake Poinsett area. It comes after high winds and waters have backed off in recent weeks. Now that help could be on the way, many are looking to the future with a little more hope. The waves on Lake Poinsett have calmed down compared…

Minnehaha Co. Residents Affected By Flooding Granted Individual Assistance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Citizens of Minnehaha County whose homes were affected by spring flooding might now be eligible for individual assistance through FEMA. This is due to the rain and snow storms the area endured from mid-March to late April. Minnehaha County officials say Disaster Recovery Centers will be set up later this week. The centers are walk-in facilities…

Sioux Falls Residents Ready for Next Step in Flood Recovery

FEMA assessed flood damage in the Sioux Empire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- For Sioux Falls resident Allen and Teresa Peratt they live in their home on Lotta Street for about 30 years. When the floods came in March they lost everything. The house is now uninhabitable, and they’re just grateful that FEMA and the City can give them hope. “Exactly that word. We have hope,” said Allen Peratt Sr. “When…

Flood Meeting Postponed Due to Pending Winter Storm

FEMA will be in North Sioux City Tuesday night, Brookings meeting for Wednesday will be rescheduled

Three flood assistance meetings were scheduled this week in eastern South Dakota in the wake of spring flooding. The first was held Monday night in Sioux Falls. Dozens showed up to learn about their options for recovery. City officials also questioned during that meeting, how many home and business owners in areas that consistently experience flooding might be interested to…

FEMA Denies Individual Disaster Aid To Iowa Storm Victims

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has again denied Gov. Kim Reynolds’ request for disaster assistance to flood victims in four Iowa counties. Reynolds announced Monday that FEMA had denied her appeal of the agency’s earlier denial of help to victims in Buchanan, Dickinson, Polk and Winnebago counties. The request followed severe storms and flooding from June…

FEMA: Disaster Relief Now Costing $200 Million Each Day

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says the U.S. is spending more than $200 million each day on the response to three major hurricanes and huge wildfires. FEMA Administrator Brock Long told a Senate oversight committee Tuesday the challenge presented by hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria is unprecedented in the history of his agency. He…

Harvey’s Insured Losses Estimated To Cost Nearly $19 Billion

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The nation’s largest state insurance trade association estimates insured losses from Harvey at nearly $19 billion – and that doesn’t count damage not covered by insurance. The Insurance Council of Texas says windstorm and other claims from Harvey will be worth nearly $3 billion. Approximately 250,000 damaged cars and commercial vehicles will trigger around another $4.75…

Official: US Insurance Program Could Pay $11B For Harvey

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the National Flood Insurance Program says early estimates are that Hurricane Harvey will result in about $11 billion in payouts to insured homeowners, mostly in southeast Texas. Federal Emergency Management Agency Deputy Associate Administrator Roy Wright said Wednesday that would put Harvey as the second-costliest storm in the program’s history, after only the more…

Flood Plain Map Situation Differs In Yankton, Rapid City

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s proposed revisions to Yankton’s flood plain map could encompass nearly 200 additional properties. On the flip side, a revision in Rapid City means 224 properties have been removed from that city’s flood hazard area. Properties within a FEMA flood plain are required to have flood insurance if their mortgage is a…