Pennington County commissioners have approved a disaster declaration.
At a special meeting Tuesday, Emergency Manager, Dustin Willett called it a critical component to receiving federal dollars.
This is simply the first step. The request will go to the governor and then to the president.
The county put a cost tracking system in place Friday by 2:00 p.m. The auditor has been coordinating with the city in order to dot all the "I's" and cross all the "T's" in order to be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Although FEMA reimbursement is important, Willett said it's not the real priority.
"There's a lot of talk about FEMA and there's a lot of talk about reimbursement but the real talk and the real effort is making sure that we deliver the services that we need to the citizens right now when they need it. What happens later with the money will get figured out," said Willett.
Willett added that there has been an unprecedented level of cooperation between agencies during this storm and its aftermath. Between 6:00 a.m. Friday and 6:00 a.m. Monday, dispatchers took 8,6000 calls, two babies were delivered, and there were 13 structure fires.
Butte, Lawrence and Meade counties have also approved disaster declarations.