Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts viewed damage from the tornadoes that struck Bayard and Morrill County Saturday afternoon
The governor saw the property loss from a helicopter in the air and then met with volunteers, staff with state agencies including the Department of Roads, and emergency management and crews on the ground, thanking them for quick and efficient response to the disaster.
Ricketts has declared Bayard and Morrill County a disaster area, which qualifies the area for state assistance in repairing public infrastructure.
Now he says the major item is to assess the damage in the panhandle along with property lost in violent storms in the eastern end of the state Friday evening, bringing it all together in a request for federal assistance by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.
By filing one request for the entire state, Ricketts says it will help meet the thresholds required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.