- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota public safety officials say local governments and nonprofit organizations can now apply for $1.4 million in federal hazard mitigation grants.

The money is available as part of the presidential disaster declaration approved for more than a dozen counties and one tribe last summer following a week of severe storms, flash flooding and tornadoes.

Disaster funding rules mandate that a percentage of the money is set aside for projects that could reduce or eliminate the effects of future disasters.

The grant funding can be used for various projects including power line burials and the construction of community tornado safe rooms.

Applications are due April 1.

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