December 28, 2014

Presidential disaster declaration granted for earlier storm

Federal officials have notified the state a request for a presidential disaster declaration has been granted for the parts of Nebraska hit by a May 11th storm system that produced strong thunderstorms, including tornadoes.

Gov. Dave Heineman and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency requested the declaration in wake of widespread damage to public infrastructure, homes, and businesses in Clay, Fillmore, Saline, Saunders, Seward and York Counties.

“Nebraskans appreciate approval of public assistance funding for the Mother’s Day storm,” said Heineman in a prepared statement released by NEMA. “This will assist in the recovery process following storms that caused millions of dollars in damage in the state.”

The declaration frees federal funds to help state and eligible local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations, to recoup recovery costs.

Some federal funding will be made available also for some counties and tribes in the state.