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Daugaard asks FEMA to join state in assessing storm damage

PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking federal officials to join state and local teams as they assess the extent of the damaged caused by severe storms last month.

Daugaard has requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency join in the state's Preliminary Damage Assessment of storm damage in 14 affected. Officials are looking at damage caused by storms from June 17 and June 24.

The governor says the assessment will give the state a more accurate picture of the extent of the damage. He says with more information, they can better determine whether to request federal assistance.

The assessments will begin Monday and are expected to continue throughout the week.

State, county and local governments can apply to be assessed in addition to other entities like private non-profit organization.

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