State team from Sioux Falls brings ice storm experience in wake - KOTA Territory News

State team from Sioux Falls brings ice storm experience in wake of blizzard


A blizzard disaster, trees snapped, long term power outages, crushed buildings, and droves of dead livestock, causing Pennington County to call in state level aid.
An Incident Management Assistance Team, or IMAT, has been called in by the county emergency manager to provide assistance and guidance to the response of the disaster.

Sandy Frentz, a member of the team is from Sioux Falls, and responded to the ice storm that crippled that area back in April.

She says they just finished their grinding of downed tree limbs back in early September, which ended up being more than 55,000 tons.

She says western South Dakota has a long road to recovery.
"It takes a lot of patience on the part of the citizens because policy makers and people working on this now are doing everything that they can to make sure that if you're event is a FEMA eligible event, so that you have the potential for reimbursement, that everything is done. So then you have the best possibility for getting reimbursement," says Frentz.
Frentz says our Emergency Operations Center is responding well, and recognizing that this will be a long term, team effort, to get things back to normal.

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