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Emergency on the Missouri : Flood Relief

We Set Our Goal at 2.5 million!

simple fundraisers

Week long fundraising effort for the South Dakota victims of flooding along the Missouri River.

Money will be used towards repair and reconstruction, restored back to liveable conditions (not original) through the case worker process, it's assured that the people most in need will receive the funding.

Application for funds/assistance, please call:

(605) 224-1189 to be considered. Phone hours/days: 9-5 M-F

How to donate other items (materials, non-monetary) - (605) 224-1189


or call
to make a pledge!

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Oahe Long-Term Disaster Recovery Team

For Immediate Release: September 27, 2011
Contact: Laura Schoen Carbonneau, 224-7361 or Kellie Yackley 605-280-9593

Televised Fundraiser Set to Raise Money for Flood Victims

Pierre, SD – The Oahe Long Term Disaster Recovery Team (OLTDRT) is taking to the airwaves to help those affected by the Missouri River Flood. The team is partnering with KSFY-TV to raise funds through Emergency on the Missouri: Flood Relief, a week-long televised fundraiser to benefit flood victims up and down the Missouri River.

The campaign will run October 3 - 9 during each of KSFY’s morning, 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. newscasts throughout Eastern South Dakota. KSFY General Manager Jim Berman says he welcomes the opportunity to have his station involved.

"When the increase in water levels began in early June, affecting thousands of families and businesses throughout the region, KSFY made a commitment to keep our viewers informed as this story unfolded with expanded coverage. We are delighted to partner with the OLDRT to focus attention on the all important relief effort. We feel it is essential to do our part to help restore normalcy to those affected by the flood," says Berman.

The fundraiser will feature personal stories of those affected by the flood. Volunteers will stand ready at a phone bank to take called in donations after each segment airs.

“The stories you will see are heartbreaking. Many people are just now able to get into their homes to assess the damage from the flood. The costs to repair and rebuild are overwhelming,” says Pastor Don Block, chair of the OLTDRT. “While the FEMA grants and SBA loans are appreciated, they barely scratch the surface. That’s why we are doing this. Every dollar raised helps someone begin the process of rebuilding their lives.”

At the end of each story, KSFY will provide information about how viewers can help. People can call in their pledges toll-free to 1-855-754-3429 during or immediately after each newscast. They can also donate anytime online at or mail the donation to P.O. Box 296, Pierre, South Dakota 57501. All donations are tax deductible.

“This fundraiser is intended to help all of the Missouri River flood victims and as we planned, we were careful to put a process in place for people to give to specific areas of need,” says Block. “All donations are welcome and all proceeds will go directly toward flood relief.”

Money raised for flood relief will be disbursed through a similar system to those used by response teams from other disasters around the country. Trained case managers will be assigned to review each request for funds and work with the individuals requesting assistance. The funds are typically used when all other resources have been exhausted to meet any remaining unmet needs. Anyone in need of assistance should call the Flood Recovery Helpline at 605-224-1189 to begin the application process.

Block says financial help is the first priority, but the OLTDRT is also able to make use of sheet rock and other building materials. Anyone with those types of resources is asked to call 605-224-1189 to speak directly to someone on the recovery team.