Disaster Recovery Centers planned for six flood-impacted SD counties

The James River near Mitchell is pictured during September 2019 flooding. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The state of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Administration said Saturday that Disaster Recovery Centers are opening in six counties in southeastern South Dakota.

The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses that suffered losses from the severe winter storms and flooding from Sept. 9-26. Each center will be open for five days.

Visitors to the centers can learn about a variety of federal and state disaster recovery resources, in addition to aid available from voluntary organizations. Staff can explain available assistance programs and help connect people with resources that best match their specific needs.

Locations are:

  • Olivet (Hutchinson County): open Dec. 10-14, hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Hutchinson County Courthouse, Room 106, 201 Mentor St..
  • Salem (McCook County): open Dec. 10-14 at the Salem Armory, 720 N. Peck St.
  • Brookings (Brookings County): open Dec. 10-14 at the Brookings Research and Technology Center, 809 32nd Ave.
  • Lake Andes (Charles Mix County): open Dec. 17-21 at the County 4-H Building, 100 School St.
  • Alexandria (Hanson County): open Dec. 17-21 at the Hanson County Courthouse, 720 Fifth St.
  • Flandreau (Moody County): open Dec. 17-21 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 505 S. Wind St.

Hours at all sites except Olivet are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
While registration can be done at the center, FEMA officials recommend that homeowners, renters and businesses should register for disaster assistance before visiting a recovery center. That can be done online at, by calling the disaster assistance helpline at 1-800-621-3362.

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