President Barack Obama issued the disaster declaration June 25th.
The counties were added once damage assessments were completed after Gov. Pete Ricketts submitted the initial request.
The newly added counties are:
Adams, Arthur, Box Butte, Clay, Dawes, Fillmore, Hamilton, Hayes, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Seward, Sioux, Wayne and.
The declaration covers damage from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from May 6th to June17th.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency initially reported federal public assistance would be made available to the following counties:
Cass, Dundy, Gage, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lincoln, Morrill, Nuckolls, Otoe, Saline, Saunders, and Thayer.
A federal disaster declaration makes federal emergency funding available to state and local governments to offset the costs of response and help in recovery. Some federal funds might be supplied to nonprofit organizations as well.
“The 28 Nebraska counties affected by the severe weather and flooding of this disaster will be considered eligible applicants for federal assistance made available by this declaration, said Bryan Tuma, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency assistant director said in a written statement released by NEMA. “Local, state and federal representative are working together on the recovery process following storms that caused millions of dollars in damage in the state.”
Assistance includes federal money provided on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties in the state.
Eligible costs for recovery include removal of storm debris, emergency protective measures, and repair or replacement of disaster damaged roads, bridges, and public buildings. Assistance is also provided for water, sewer, and power systems damaged by severe weather.