12/9/19 Update:

If you're getting really confused about what you're supposed to be doing to get flood relief from the federal government, this post is for you!

1. Call and register with FEMA: 1-800-621-3362.

2. Go to the Salem Armory to meet with FEMA Tuesday December 10 through Saturday December 14 between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. If you can't make it to Salem, call the 1-800 number and talk to someone over the phone about your options.

3. FEMA may refer you to the Small Business Administration. SBA representatives will also be at the Salem Armory. This is a loan program.

4. There is a team from FEMA going door to door that will also help you understand the process and what you need to do. But if you don't see them or if you're just getting confused by all the information, call the 1-800 number.

When in doubt call 1-800-621-3362. They will help walk you through the process.

Helpful documents provided by McCook County Emergency Management:


12/5/19 Update:

A team from FEMA will be going door to door to flood-impacted homes. 

Read the following message from McCook County Emergency Management: 

FEMA DSA (Disaster Survivor Assistance) will be starting in our county this Saturday. From the sounds of it they will be starting in Montrose, then Spencer, and then Salem. After the cities are done they will be spreading out and contacted rural areas that were impacted. Essentially they will talk with each house hold and see what their specific needs are and if they can help them, or direct them to the correct programs. I was told this might take anywhere from 2 weeks to a month to complete in our area. ALL counties in South Dakota who were declared for individual assistance will have these DSA teams out doing their thing. I have attached a FACT sheet about what they do. FEMA_DSA.pdf

The main point here is they are going to be going DOOR-TO-DOOR to nearly everyone. So I wanted to give you all a heads up about people in your towns going door to door and what it is they are doing. Iíll also let Law enforcement know if you can spread the word this might help alleviate any apprehensions, or questions this weekend. I was just made aware of this about 30 minutes ago. These individuals will all Be Fully FEMA Branded with governmental IDís.

Also a reminder if you havenít please let everyone know about the Mobile Disaster Recovery Center opening Next week the 10-14th from 9-6pm at the Amory for any Individual who was affected to sit down and speak with FEMA.

12/4/19 Update:
Not sure why it shows the image sideways.  It's right side up when I upload it.  But here is some information for individuals who had flood damage and would like assistance from FEMA:

11/25/19 Update:  Information provided by McCook County Emergency Management:

Loans available from the SBA through the disaster process with very low-interest rates. For all Individuals, Businesses, Private sector, Homeowners, Renters Ö

The SBA Recovery center has been opened at the following location:


Business Recovery Center

SBA South Dakota District Office

2329 North Career Ave., Suite 105

Sioux Falls, SD 57107

Opens at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21

Mondays - Fridays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28


11/19/19 Update:  The following message came from the State.  Please share with friends/neighbors who were impacted by the flood:

Good afternoon,

You are receiving this message because your county was approved today for an Individual Assistance declaration for the incident period Sep 9 Ė 26, 2019. This was a flooding, severe storm, and tornado incident.

Citizens affected by the disaster can begin registering now for assistance. Assistance will be approved or denied on an individual basis. There is no penalty for being denied for a assistance, so citizens are highly encouraged to register even if they donít feel their damages are enough. Types of assistance that can be provided: home repair, rental assistance if displaced, personal property loss, child care costs, medical bills, funeral bills, and vehicle damage. 

Register by phone: 1-800-621-3362
Register online: disasterassistance.gov

We will also look to place Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in affected areas in the next few weeks. This way, citizens can speak with Federal and State representatives face to face and ask any questions they have. We are currently coordinating this effort with FEMA and will reach out when we know more.


See the City Jobs page for more information about openings at the Montrose Community Daycare.

Upcoming Office Closures or Updated Hours:
Wednesday & Thursday, November 27 & 28 - Due to Thanksgiving Holiday
December 23 - January 3 - Limited Hours (tbd) due to Christmas Break

 Reminder:  The City Office will close following the School District calendar and closures.  

City Office Walk-In Hours:
Monday 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00
Wednesday 9:00-12:00
Thursday 9:00-12:00
City Office: 605-363-5065 
Emergency Maintenance:  605-370-1240

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Montrose is a small South Dakota community of approximately 480 people located along the banks of the Vermillion River.  The town offers a seasonal campground and pool. The downtown offers Security State Bank, Post Office, Raggedy Ann's furniture and decor, CJ's at the Wellington restaurant, The Office Bar, and the Montrose Gas Plus convenience store.  Montrose also offers a Public School for grades K-12, as well as City Daycare, which provides preschool classes.  It is home to 3 churches: St Patrick's Catholic Church, St John's Lutheran and Montrose United Methodist.  Come visit us or check us out as a place to reside. We're just a short commute east to Sioux Falls, or west to Mitchell.

See the FAQ page for info on Emergency Text Alerts, Garbage/Recycling Pick up, etc.
Community Events:
December 9 5:30
Chase the Ace 
benefitting Summer Youth Baseball/Softball
December 10 6:00 pm
City Council &
Public Hearing on upcoming Sewer Projects
December 23 - January 3
Limited Hours (tbd) due to School Break
December 28
Garbage Pickup on Saturday due to holiday
January 4
Garbage Pickup on Saturday due to holiday
January 14 6:00 pm
City Council

If you have an event open to the entire community of Montrose and would like to see it featured on the city website, send an email to montrose@goldenwest.net with all the details!