Governor signs disaster declaration

Governor Dave Heineman signs disaster declaration afer heavy rain, flooding and tornadoes cause at least $16 million damage to public infrastructure in the state.

Gov. Heineman sent a letter Tuesday asking for a federal disaster declaration in 53 of Nebraska's 93 counties. The main declaration in 53 counties could provide money to help local and state governments and some nonprofits pay for storm cleanup and repair expenses.

Heineman is also asking the federal government to approve individual assistance in 33 counties where damage to homes was heavy. That aid can help pay for temporary housing and minimal repairs to make homes livable.

State officials say the full extent of the damage might not be known for some time. Gov. Dave Heineman requested federal disaster assistance for several counties across the state to help individuals, businesses and governmental entities recover from the severe storms and flooding that struck Nebraska beginning June 1.

“Recent storms have resulted in historic flooding,” said Gov. Heineman. “We have seen significant damage to homes, farms, ranches, businesses and infrastructure. There have been countless stories of communities coming together to sandbag, and neighbors helping neighbors. I am proud of Nebraskans for pulling together during these storms.”