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Davison County flood damage reporting deadline is Monday

Several homes in the Loma Linda neighborhood were still flooded on Sept. 16 in the western part of Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The deadline for damage assessment information from the mid-September flooding in Davison County is Monday, Oct. 7.

Jeff Bathke, who is the county’s Emergency Management director, said the total costs from the damage have climbed to more than $9 million from 206 applicants. But more information is being sought from those in Davison County, whether they had minor water damage in their basements to destroyed buildings and property.

Bathke said patience will be required regarding the federal process, and the county will request both public and individual assistance. Public assistance provides federal reimbursement to state, local, and tribal governments and certain private nonprofits for flood damage to public infrastructure such as roads, bridges, culverts, sewer lift stations, and powerlines.

The individual assistance program provides federal assistance to home and business owners. There is no guarantee of federal disaster funding.

Davison County made a disaster declaration on Sept. 24, and that has been forwarded to Gov. Kristi Noem. When she declares a state disaster, that will be sent to President Donald Trump for FEMA consideration.

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Bathke encouraged those who have not submitted a damage assessment to contact the Emergency Management office and fill out the damage spreadsheet. The spreadsheet and photos of damage can be sent via email to directoroem@davisoncounty.org. If an individual is not available to access a computer, the assessment can be done over the phone by calling 605-995-8640.

In addition, individuals who have had severe structural damage or damage to the living quarters of their home and have not met with the American Red Cross regarding short-term relief should contact them online at redcross.org/local/dakotas.

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