- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

DELMONT, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota officials say a request for individual assistance for storm and tornado recovery in Douglas and Charles Mix counties has been denied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety said in a news release that the state was told by FEMA on Wednesday it wouldn’t get federal help through the program.

According to the department, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said in a letter that damage from the May 10 tornado in and around Delmont was not severe or widespread enough to warrant federal help. Nine people were injured, and 84 structures were damaged or destroyed.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard called the decision “disappointing” in the news release. The state last got an individual assistance disaster declaration in 2011 for damage from Missouri River flooding.

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