State officials, FEMA give update on flood recovery

On Wednesday, Gov. Pete Ricketts, state officials and FEMA workers held a news conference giving an update on flood response.

The governor signed an executive order extending the state emergency declaration to May 15.

“What that means is that our Emergency Management Agency will be able to continue to stay at operations and be able to assist counties,” Ricketts said.  “That will work not only with regard to the recovery from this weather event, but as you know, we’ve got another weather event that’s brewing right now in our state.”

Joining the governor were members of FEMA.  They said the agency has given out almost $14 million in financial assistance, much of that going to housing and rental assistance.

But they emphasized that flood survivors need to register with them.

“Registration is very critical for the individual assistance program to get kicked off,” Connie Johnson-Cage said.  “So it’s important for the community to know that you must register with FEMA.  Even if you think that don’t you qualify, still get the registration in.”

The Nebraska Department of Transportation has new numbers in: state and county road damage from the floods is up to $160 million.

The good news?  They said only 32 miles of roads are closed.  That’s down from 3,300 miles a few weeks ago.

Again, if you were impacted by the floods, FEMA said register with them.  You can do so by calling (800) 621-3362 or by visiting https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

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