Flood damage assessment continues in state

Nearly half the counties in Nebraska have met a threshold that could put them in line for federal aid following widespread flooding, and more counties could be added.

State officials said Friday that initial assessments show 44 of the state's 93 counties have extensive enough damage to qualify for aid, should a federal disaster be declared by President Barack Obama.

Gov. Dave Heineman is expected on Monday to seek a federal disaster declaration. Sixteen other counties have been visited by officials assessing damage, and some of those may yet qualify for assistance.

Damage reviews in the 44 counties showed an estimated $13 million in damage to public infrastructure such as roads. But the actual amount of damage in those counties is likely higher.