Flood damaged Nebraska to receive federal assistance

President Obama has issued a federal disaster declaration for a large part of Nebraska that sustained damage from heavy flooding and storms in June.

The declaration announced Thursday will trigger the release of federal funding to help recover from flooding, storms and tornadoes. The funds will be used for public infrastructure such as roads and bridges. Fifty-three of the state's 93 counties are in the disaster area.

Governor Dave Heineman requested the federal aid to help communities recover from storms and flooding that caused more than $16 million in damage to public infrastructure alone. Actual costs will exceed that estimate, because assessment teams stop tallying damage in individual counties once the threshold to qualify for aid is met.