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Biden grants South Dakota disaster declaration for May storm

June 29, 2022 GMT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday granted South Dakota’s request for a presidential disaster declaration to aid the recovery from May storms that included over a dozen tornadoes.

Gov. Kristi Noem requested the declaration, which allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist in recovery efforts. The storms hit the eastern part of the state on May 12 with tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding. Two people were killed, roads were temporarily closed and thousands of people were left without power, according to the Republican governor.

“This is good news for those in our state who were impacted by this severe weather,” Noem said in a statement. “I appreciate FEMA giving us a response. This means FEMA can start providing assistance in a timely manner.”