Heineman submits federal disaster request

Gov. Dave Heineman Friday submitted a formal request for a Major Disaster Declaration to the President through the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VII in the wake of severe weather including tornados, a blizzard and flash floods that occurred in nine Nebraska counties Oct. 2-6.

Heineman said in his letter the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency’s (NEMA) preliminary damage estimates to public infrastructure exceed $3 million. NEMA indicated the most severe impacts have been to electrical, water, and wastwater infrastructure, roads and bridges, along with extensive tree damage in the panhandle.

Heineman says the assistance would help local, state and tribal governments, as well as some nonprofit organizations in nine Nebraska counties. Those counties are: Adams, Dawes, Dixon, Howard, Sheridan, Sherman, Sioux, Thurston and Wayne.

The Governor’s request will be reviewed by the FEMA regional office in Kansas City before being forwarded to the White House for a decision.

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