Assistant Chief Tim Garrison with the Dewitt Volunteer Fire Department says the Dewitt Area Recovery Team (DART) is surveying every residence to find out what needs are still unmet.
Garrison says some aspects of recovery have nothing to do with damage to homes.
“I found out that people wanted to talk about their problems,” Garrison tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KWBE. “I was expecting the survey to take five or 10 minutes in houses and I’ve spent up to 45 minutes just sitting down and talking to people.”
Some people have yet to move back in their homes while repairs are being made.
Saline County was one of nearly 30 counties included in a presidential disaster declaration.
Rescue Lieutenant Kerri Thornburg with the Dewitt Volunteer Fire Department estimates about half the residences in Dewitt had flood insurance, which is required by those with mortgages.
“What they’re finding is, a lot of people that have it, it’s not covering a lot of things. It doesn’t cover any contents. And even some of them are having to fight their insurance company to get structural damage paid for. It’s very expensive, so that’s why a lot of people don’t have it if they don’t have a home loan,” according to Thornburg.
Saline County has been included in the presidential disaster declaration covering nearly 30 counties in Nebraska, making residents eligible for some federal assistance. Some residents will be eligible for Small Business Administration loans to offset private losses from the flooding.
DART has been receiving donations from individuals, churches, and other organizations.
Black Hills Energy sponsored the Dewitt Community Day.
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, contributed to this story.