Damage assessments from Oct. blizzard set to begin

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says damage assessments will begin next week for counties and tribal land impacted from an early October storm that dumped 4 feet or more of snow in some areas.
     Daugaard says the assessment by state, local and federal officials will begin on Oct. 28. The assessment will cover 15 storm-impacted counties and Oglala Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservations.
     The governor uses the results of the assessments to determine whether a request for a presidential disaster declaration is warranted.
     The storm knocked out power to about 30,000 people, closed roads and killed tens of thousands of cattle.
 AP-WF-10-20-13 1710GMT

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