STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER Thune: More floods coming?
Sen. John Thune has sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate requesting clarification on the June 1 flood in progress date for the National Flood ... Posted on 6/28/11 at 4:29 PM
BISMARCK, N.D. - Members of North Dakota's congressional delegation say Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has agreed to review whether people and businesses in more North Dakota counties should be eligible for federal flood-recovery aid.
Federal Emergency Management Agency official said Friday that there is a 98 percent chance of minor to moderate flooding this spring on the James River, with at least a 50 percent chance of major flooding.
Matt Buddie, National Flood Insurance Program specialist with FEMA in Denver, urged local officials and residents to be prepared.
Davison County won’t receive any disaster funding for its storm-damaged roads this year, said Davison County Emergency Management Director Jim Montgomery.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is working to process 550 applications for assistance from counties and townships. Flood relief was the topic of a roundtable meeting led by U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., in Corsica last week at which local, state and federal officials discussed the need for a long-term mitigation plan for flooding.
But in the meantime, roads need fixing.
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., has personally met with the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make it clear how seriously flooding is impacting South Dakota, she said Thursday.
Herseth Sandlin requested the face-to-face meeting with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, which was held Wednesday, she said during a teleconference with South Dakota reporters.
“Outside resources are imperative to get these communities back on their feet,” Herseth Sandlin said on the call.
More than 40 white trailers line a lot belonging to Ponderosa Service in southeast Mitchell, a final stop before the buildings once dedicated to helping victims of disaster are transported to American Indian reservations.
Pete Brenden, owner of Ponderosa Service, said he’s hauled approximately 300 of the trailers from Texas to tribes in North and South Dakota, where the trailers are meant to be used as temporary housing.
“We take three to four a week,” Brenden said.
PARKSTON — Representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency will spend this week with local and state officials in the southeast quarter of the state assessing roads and other infrastructure damaged by excess moisture.
Debbie Simon, FEMA external affairs staffer, said 13 teams will cover 30 counties in southeast South Dakota this week, meeting with county emergency managers and other officials to assess infrastructure damage caused by flooding.
Reaction ranged from annoyance and resignation to relief at a Wednesday meeting that focused on updates to Federal Emergency Management Agency floodplain maps in southern Davison County.
Approximately 50 people attended the meeting, which was called to explain the changes and at which property owners were shown preliminary maps that will become final in August 2010.
Floodplain maps redrawn by the Federal Emergency Management Agency could create a costly problem for some Davison County homeowners, Zoning Administrator Dan Sudrla told the County Commission Tuesday.
The enhanced FEMA floodplain map is more inclusive than earlier maps and shows some areas as floodplain that previously were not so designated. The changes are not final, however, and the preliminary map will be discussed at a public hearing, from 6 to 8 p.m. June 3 at the Davison County Courthouse.
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