Brown County emergency manager compiling storm damage for possible disaster declaration

ABERDEEN, S.D.(Aberdeen American News)- Brown County’s emergency manager is collecting details about the June 14 storm that went through the Frederick area to determine if it will qualify for a disaster declaration.

Scott Meints appeared before the Brown County Commission Tuesday to discuss the storm.

Meints said Frederick and the surrounding area in the northwestern part of Brown County had quite a bit of storm damage, included uprooted trees and private property damage, mostly to barns. He said there was minimal damage to residential homes, but Basin Electric had 16 large, steel transmission towers that went down.

Meints said the towers are designed to withstand 140-mph winds, and 120-mph winds were measured before the damage occurred.

“We will hit it hard this week to see if we have enough numbers for a disaster declaration,” he said.

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