As South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota residents attempt to climb out from underneath the historic flooding that has ravaged portions of all three states, the Yankton County Office of Emergency Management has established an online link for flood victims to submit flood damage assessments to their property and businesses.

The information submitted will be used to collect damage information that will help obtain a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance or a Small Business Administration Rural Agency Disaster Declaration.

Those choosing to submit flood damage information must provide basic info like your Social Security Number, private insurance information, address, zip code, phone number, and directions to the home or business affected by flooding.

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The Yankton County Office of Emergency Management wants victims who choose to submit flood damage info to know that filling out this online form does not guarantee assistance will become available.

During times like this, it's also very important for natural disaster victims to be on the lookout for natural disaster charity scams that always seem to crop up in the wake of events like the recent flooding that has affected the region.

Dakota News Now reports that scammers are always ready to pounce on opportunities to exploit people’s generosity during times of need.

Residents are strongly encouraged to research an organization before deciding to donate.

Scammers are very good at creating names that sound like well-known charities to confuse people.

Do your homework first, before deciding to give. An excellent way to do just that is by using this IRS search tool. It will allow you to find or verify qualified, legitimate charities.

Source: Yankton County Office of Emergency Management/ Dakota News Now 

11 Things You’ll Only Understand After Living in South Dakota

From soda to pop to sloppy Joes, different parts of the country have their local quirks and language. Simple phrases can have totally different means, local events may seem weird, and food may go by a unique name.

If you're new to South Dakota here is a sort of translation guide for some odd things you may see or hear.

Gallery Credit: Ben Kuhns

Seven Mind-Blowing Wonders' of South Dakota

I think most of us have at least heard of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World." We might not be able to rattle them off as easily as McDonald's value menu items, but chances are you've heard of at least some of them, right?

There's the Great Wall of ChinaChichén Itzá, a Mayan City on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The ancient city of Petra, in Jordan. Machu Picchu in Peru. Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro. The Colosseum in Rome, and finally, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

Every state in the nation is known for having a series of natural wonders and signature landmarks. So, I thought I would come up with my own list of the "Seven Wonders of South Dakota."

The following is what I consider to be the signature landmarks, monuments, and natural wonders that are synonymous with the great state of South Dakota. I tried to give both sides of the state a little love while comprising this list.

You might have a few additions...
Let's get started. The Seven Wonders of South Dakota:

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