As people are begin returning to their flood damaged homes, the reality of the devastation is becoming clear. Overnight, more cities made emergency declarations bringing the total to 75. There are now 65 counties under emergency declarations as well. That’s nearly 70 percent of the state’s 93 counties.
“We have not had a disaster that has been this widespread in the state, I don’t think, ever,” Governor Pete Ricketts said Monday while visiting Wood River. “We’ve had disasters where we’ve had a greater loss of life. But as far as how many places have been touched by this, I don’t think there’s ever been a disaster this widespread in Nebraska.”
Recovery is beginning to occur in many places, and knowing where to turn for information on what to do next can be overwhelming. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency website is continually updating information to answer the many questions on resources available. You can access that information at https://nema.nebraska.gov/. There are helpful documents that can answer many questions on what needs to be done. NEMA has established a hotline for questions from persons affected by the floods. You can reach that call center at 402-817-1551.
For information on debris cleanup, contact the Crisis Cleanup Hotline at (402) 556-2476. Farmers who have lost machinery or livestock should report to the Farm Service Agency office. County office contact information can be found on the agency’s website at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Nebraska/index.