FEMA rejects requests for aid
RAPID CITY, SD — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has rejected South Dakota''s request for individual assistance programs to help residents affected by the record flooding, according to the Rapid City Journal.
A news release from the Department of Public Safety stated that FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said damage to homes and businesses was not severe enough to warrant federal assistance, the article stated.
"Here in South Dakota, we all know that flooding has impacted thousands of residents and damaged hundreds of homes," said Kristi Turman, director of the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management in the news release.
"Unfortunately, FEMA declined to find that we meet their requirements for individual assistance programs," Turman added.
According to the article, Governor Dennis Daugaard said the denial is very disappointing but said South Dakotans will seek other forms of help and will work together to help communities recover.
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