Governor meets with Schuyler leaders about flooding

Lt. Gov. Sheehy to Survey Flood Potential and Damage Today Gov. Heineman meets with local leaders at Schuyler.    Today, Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy will survey several areas in northeast Nebraska to evaluate storm and flood damage, and the potential for flooding. “Today's survey is part of the ongoing assessment of potentially affected areas as rivers continue to crest,” said. Lt. Gov. Sheehy. “We are monitoring potential risk statewide, particularly along the Elkhorn River.” Lt. Gov. Sheehy is flying by Black Hawk helicopter early this afternoon with Brigadier General Judd Lyons, Adjutant General of the Nebraska National Guard, and Al Berndt, assistant director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). There will also be a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representative traveling with the Lieutenant Governor.

The aerial tour will include Stanton, Norfolk, Clearwater and Ewing, as well as other areas along the Elkhorn River. If conditions permit, the Lieutenant Governor is expected to land in Norfolk and Clearwater this afternoon. The aerial tour is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. CT. Additionally, Gov. Heineman toured Schuyler this morning, where flooding is extensive. While at Schuyler City Hall, Gov. Heineman met with Schuyler's state Sen. Chris Langemeier, Mayor Dave Reinecke, and Police Chief and Colfax County Emergency Manager Lenny Hiltner. Gov. Heineman's aerial tour Sunday included Schuyler and the surrounding area. “The City of Schuyler and Colfax County have done an outstanding job responding to flooding, especially in the area of mobilizing volunteers,” Gov. Heineman said. “This quick response to challenges and the willingness to help neighbors and come together as a community are characteristic of our state. I am always impressed to see Nebraskan's readiness to come together, especially in emergency situations.” The State Emergency Operations Center is open and available to provide assistance as the capabilities of local emergency managers are exceeded. On June 11, Gov. Heineman declared a statewide state of emergency in response to severe weather since June 1.

An emergency declaration allows access to state and federal resources. Conditions across Nebraska are due to strong thunderstorms, high winds, tornados, flooding, rain and hail. Current assessments show flooding, damage to homes, vegetation and bridges throughout several areas of the state. # # # Please note: Unfortunately, there will not be pool video or photos for this tour.