PIERRE - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a preliminary assessment of damages the recent ice storm caused to public and nonprofit property in southeastern South Dakota.

Daugaard says teams of federal, state and local officials will assess damages this week in one tribal area and seven counties that have approved disaster declarations.

The assessment will provide a preliminary estimate of the cost of repairing property damage incurred by the state, cities, counties, tribes and eligible nonprofits. Daugaard says damage to rural electric cooperatives and the removal of fallen tree limbs and power lines will likely be a significant part of the cost.

The governor will use that information to decide whether to seek a presidential disaster declaration, which could lead to federal financial aid.

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