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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center now open at fairgrounds in Mitchell

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Signage for the Federal Emergency Management Administration's Disaster Recovery Center at the Davison County Fairgrounds is pictured along West Havens Avenue on Dec. 12, 2019. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

The Davison County Disaster Recovery Center opened Thursday to offer face-to-face support to individuals and businesses impacted by the severe storms and flooding that took place in September.

The center is located at the county's Fairgrounds Complex, located at 3200 W. Havens Ave. in Mitchell. The facility opened starting at noon Thursday, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday until further notice.

Officials from the state of South Dakota and the Federal Emergency Management Administration are on hand to answer questions and help individuals and organizations with registration information for potential assistance and other recovery needs. FEMA Hazard Mitigation specialists will also be available to provide advice on rebuilding to avoid damage from future disasters.

Other long-term centers are currently open in Madison, Yankton and Sioux Falls; addresses for open centers can be found online at fema.gov/DRClocator or by calling the FEMA Helpline below at 1-800-621-3362.

The South Dakota areas now designated for Individual Assistance are: Brookings, Charles Mix, Davison, Hanson, Hutchinson, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Moody, and Yankton counties and the Flandreau and Yankton Indian Reservations.

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