FEMA begins to assist Nebraskans as they aim to help recover damaged homes

Many homes near the Platte River have experienced heavy damage because of recent flooding, including Virginia’s home which had 4 to 5 feet of water in her basement nearly destroying everything.

“We were able to save all of the photos our Christmas tree from when me and my husband were first married, it was an artificial tree, my kids were so excited that we were able to save it, and my wedding dress,” Virginia Lbandeman a Horse Shoe Lake Resident said.

So now to help pay for some of the damage, Virginia has applied for assistance with FEMA, and the money she received will at least start her down the road to recovery.

“Oh, it will be helpful, I’ll get my appliances back, you know basically it won’t recover anything else. Because we had all of the furniture down there you know it’s not going to cover all the sheetrock and insulation and all of those things but they’re minor,” Lbandeman said.

Some representatives of FEMA say the average amount of money given to people is around $4,000-$5,000 per case, and while they understand it doesn’t solve all the problems, they hope it’s the start to a brighter future.

“Well we can help jump start your recovery process, we can’t get you back to where you were before the storm, but we can certainly help you in the initial phases or maybe you’ve had to move out of your home help you with some temporary housing assistance to do some initial repairs to make tour home livable again,” Renee Bafalis from FEMA said.

Representatives are going around the state handing out flyers informing residents on how to apply for FEMA aid.

For Virginia working with FEMA has actually been a quick and easy process, which has helped with her family’s recuperation.

“Drying out, basically, everything is taken out, and for now we just start the cleanup process,” Lbandeman said.

If you would like to find out more information you can call at 1 (800) 621-3362, go to their website at diasterassitance.gov or go to one of the disaster recovery centers as there are now four throughout the state of Nebraska.