Early October storm costs Pennington County nearly $500,000 - KOTA Territory News

Early October storm costs Pennington County nearly $500,000

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The price tag is determined and the massive blizzard in October will cost Pennington County nearly $500,000.   

At Tuesdays County Commission meeting, auditors said the storm cost roughly $454,000. They believe this is the most accurate number since they started collecting information shortly after the storm.

If the Federal Emergency Management Association, FEMA, reimburses the county 75 percent of that cost, and the state chips in 10 percent, the remaining balance would be around $68,000, which would come from the emergency disaster fund.

While some commissioners believe specific costs such as tool rentals should be left out of the final report for FEMA, Pennington County Emergency Management Assistant Coordinator, Alexa White, says they should wait until FEMA decides what is eligible for reimbursement.  

"It's not really our decision to say take the money or not take the money but we just present all the facts and here's the decision to make," said White. "If we were to take money could it help us better prepare for the future? Yes I think it could."

County Commissioner Don Holloway said he does not believe tools the county rented during the blizzard should be covered by FEMA.

The commission will vote on whether costs like tool rentals will be included in the counties final report to FEMA at the next County Commission meeting on January 7th.

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