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Daugaard requests blizzard disaster aid

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PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota’s governor has asked for a presidential disaster declaration for 14 counties and two American Indian reservations hit by October storms that caused an estimated $38 million in property damage.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s request is for public assistance in those counties, snow removal help in six counties that had record snowfalls, debris removal and disaster unemployment assistance.

Assessments done this week show a preliminary estimate of nearly $38 million in damage to public infrastructure and property of private, nonprofit entities.

Counties included in the disaster request are Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins, Shannon and Ziebach, as well as the Cheyenne River and Pine Ridge reservations.

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