Governor Heineman says the massive flooding hasn’t hurt the state economy, yet.
Heineman says that while the flooding obviously has an impact on the economy, activity generated by the response helps offset losses.
“While there are certain losses, there are also additional gains in economic activity, because of what you have to do,” Heineman tells reporters on a conference call.
Heineman cites as an example, the activity at Eppley Airfield in Omaha where companies have kept busy responding to the flooding along the Missouri River, providing pumps and sandbags.
“So, we haven’t seen any kind of negative impact yet on our economy,” Heineman says.
Heineman says flooded farmland does worry him.
“I’ve seen the farms that are flooded along the Missouri already and, certainly, if we were to have a levee break, that would have an impact,” Heineman says. “But, right now, it’s just not there yet.”
The governor says the news along the Platte River is brighter than that along the Missouri. It appears that the levels on the Platte have peaked and are starting to come down. The Missouri River is a different story. The Army Corps of Engineers continues to pump water into an already swollen river system to relieve pressure on upstream dams. Heineman worries about how long the levees along the Missouri can hold back floodwaters, not expected to recede until September.