PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem referred to recent flooding as the greatest natural disaster the state has ever seen in an address to the state Tuesday evening.
Broadcasting over Facebook Live, Noem said federal disasters have been declared in 58 of 66 counties in the state and three tribal reservations. Noem attributed the March bomb cyclone and heavy rains since then has created a slow-rolling natural disaster.
The governor highlighted areas affected by flooding including Madison, Mitchell, Dell Rapids, and Renner. She also praised the state’s response to the extreme weather and ways the public can get involved with disaster response.
Thus far this year, Noem has requested three Presidential Disaster Declarations to help local government entities and certain private non-profits recover from property damage sustained during severe weather this spring and summer.
She said a fourth could be on the way.