Governor Noem declares emergency due to storms

PIERRE, S.D. (KOTA TV) – Gov. Kristi Noem signed an emergency declaration that frees up more state funds for South Dakota counties impacted by this week’s blizzard and flood.

“The storms this week have been extremely difficult for many of our communities,” said Noem in a release. “This has been a statewide emergency with people impacted by heavy snow, high winds, rain, and freezing rain. This emergency declaration provides state agencies flexibility to help counties recover.”

The money comes from the state’s Disaster Fund. It can be used for costs incurred by state agencies for resources deployed to the scene at the request of a county. The emergency order also allows for the activation of the South Dakota National Guard if necessary.

Noem said the state has been providing resources and technical assistance as needed to those counties dealing with the storm’s aftermath.

Depending on the extent of damage, the state may request a Presidential Disaster Declaration asking for federal funds to aid recovery efforts.