Drought conditions in Nebraska have prompted Gov. Dave Heineman to declare a state of emergency.
In making the declaration, Heineman authorizes state personnel and resources to assist with emergency situations and prevention and allows maximum flexibility to use the Nebraska National Guard and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency assets and resources as needed.
“This declaration is important for continued efforts of state officials to ensure the safety of Nebraskans,” Gov. Heineman said in a written statement released by his office. “This action is necessary as dry conditions are presenting an imminent threat to the ability of local governments to respond to drought conditions. Additionally, actions such as haying along the roadsides in Nebraska help with drought conditions.”
The office also reports Heineman has directed the Nebraska Department of Roads to advance the starting date for roadside haying from July 15 to July 3 in the following 55 counties: Adams, Arthur, Banner, Blaine, Boyd, Box Butte, Brown, Chase, Cherry, Cheyenne, Custer, Dawes, Dawson, Deuel, Dundy, Franklin, Furnas, Frontier, Gage, Garden, Garfield, Gosper, Grant, Greeley, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Holt, Hooker, Howard, Jefferson, Kearney, Keith, Keya Paha, Kimball, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Morrill, Nuckolls, Pawnee, Perkins, Phelps, Red Willow, Richardson, Rock, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sherman, Sioux, Thayer, Thomas, Valley, and Webster.
Both the governor and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency will continue to monitor the situation throughout the state, as the drought continues.