The final field office opened to respond to the devastating storms of this summer has finally closed, but recovery continues.
The Wayne disaster recovery field office closed this past weekend. The Grand Island office closed earlier.
Recovery efforts continue, according to Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Bryan Tuma, who feels for those turned upside down by a succession of severe storms.
“Honestly speaking, although it’s very difficult for those folks, I mean it’s never easy to put your life back together after something like that. But, I think that is coming along,” Tuma tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Severe weather hit Nebraska beginning on Mother’s Day, May 11th, with damage to Beaver Crossing, Cordova, and Sutton. Storms returned in June, with the greatest damage coming June 16th when an EF4 tornado struck Pilger.
Though Pilger gets much of the attention, more than 20 counties suffered damage from tornadoes this summer.
Nebraska received three presidential disaster declarations this year for storms, tornadoes, winds, and flooding.
Tuma says NEMA and FEMA remain active in recovery efforts, consolidating efforts in Lincoln.
Tuma is quick to point out the work of charities, church groups, and volunteers.
“There’s a lot of thanks that needs to go around to a lot of different folks and that’s a part of who we are here in this state and so it’s very encouraging to watch that process.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]