Governor Pete Ricketts has issued a disaster declaration for northeastern Nebraska, swamped by heavy rain, hail, and flooding.
The disaster declaration extends to portions of the state battered by a sustained weather pattern than began the first of June.
The gubernatorial declaration allows the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency to come to the aid of local communities responding the weather damage.
“Flooding has had a major impact on counties across northeast Nebraska,” Gov. Ricketts said in a written statement released by his office. “This declaration allows state funds from the Governor’s Emergency Fund to help our communities in their response.”
Gov. Ricketts surveyed flooded areas with the Nebraska National Guard on Tuesday.
NEMA has been working with fellow state agencies to coordinate state response to flooding as well as other weather-related damage.
“Nebraska has been impacted by a sustained pattern of severe weather during the month of June,” NEMA Assistant Director Bryan Tuma said in a written statement. “NEMA will be assisting local officials with their assessments of damage and the impact resulting from these events so that recovery resources can be properly identified. NEMA strongly encourages local government and citizens to assess and document damages resulting from these storms. Individuals should contact their local emergency management officials to address any concerns or needs.”
State emergency management officials met Thursday morning to get an update on the damage. Weather and damage reports are being monitored by NEMA. The State Emergency Operations Center is on standby if needed.
Federal Emergency Management Agency staff at Region VII have been notified that a joint preliminary damage assessment may be needed.
State officials continue to assess the damage.