Heineman asks for major disaster declaration

Gov. Dave Heineman is seeking a major disaster declaration for 29 Nebraska counties hit by flooding, tornadoes and severe storms.

The request submitted Wednesday will be reviewed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency before being forwarded to the president. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency puts its preliminary estimate of damage to public infrastructure at more than $14 million. That figure is expected to grow as flooding continues. Heineman's request seeks disaster assistance for state and local governments in 27 counties and individual assistance for 11 counties for damage incurred since May 1.

Some counties are on both lists. It also seeks hazard mitigation for the entire state. President Barack Obama previously issued an emergency disaster declaration for 18 Nebraska counties impacted by flooding along the Missouri and Platte rivers.