Twelve Nebraska counties are now approved for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.
Recovery efforts are still underway for residents across the state who were impacted by the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.
Kevin Garvin, the emergency manager for Cedar County, says the FEMA assistance will greatly help with the public infrastructure.
“As a result of the storm, we suffered damage to a lot of the roads in the county,” Garvin says. “I think there were three or four bridges affected, if not more.”
Garvin says more damage assessments need to be completed to know for sure how much assistance is needed.
“FEMA’s estimate, just on what little they saw when there were here to see if we met the threshhold, was about 1.5-million,” Garvin says. “Depending on the level of damage we find, it could go upwards from there. There’s thoughts it could be two- to three-million.”
Several towns, like Pilger, need the assistance for facilities such as schools as well as road and bridge repair.
The request for Individual Assistance is still pending and Garvin says the counties were not given any expectations for when that request will be completed. Nebraska Emergency Management officials are estimating the storm and flood damage statewide to exceed $13-million.
The counties are getting public assistance from FEMA are: Cedar, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Franklin, Furnas, Harlan, Kearney, Phelps, Stanton, Thurston, and Wayne Counties. Individual assistance, which would help individual home owners with the recovery process, was requested for Cedar, Cuming, Dixon, Stanton and Wayne counties.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton