Governor, State Officials Give Update on Flood Disaster

Governor, State Officials Give Update on Flood Disaster
Governor Pete Ricketts, signing disaster relief request, sent to Federal Emergency Management Agency

BEATRICE – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts today said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has now received Nebraska’s request for a disaster declaration, for the massive flooding that has ravaged the state.

Ricketts says it is the most widespread disaster Nebraska has experienced, in its history.

:30                  “people safe”

Ricketts met with Vice President Mike Pence, who came to Nebraska to view the damage first hand.  The Governor says some preliminary damage figures have been compiled.

:28                  “crop losses”

Ricketts says there is significant road and bridge losses and damaged levees.  Ricketts announced that there is a number citizens can use to direct questions to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.  That number is …..

            1-402-817-1551

NEMA Assistant Director Bryan Tuma says some communities water systems are compromised, by the flooding disaster.

:14                  “on that”

Tuma says the agency is also addressing medical mass care issues, including a hospital in Lynch which has been greatly impacted.

Adjutant General Daryl Bohac said at the state level, there have been no further rescue operations, although a first-time response was being conducted in eastern Nebraska.

:16                  “and isolated”

Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Kyle Schneweis detailed the damage to about 20-percent of the state’s transportation system, including damaged roads and bridges.

:49                  “wisner and beemer”

At the peak of the floodwaters, Schneweis said about 15-hundred miles of highways were closed, with about two thousand miles impacted at one point.   That doesn’t count closures due to the blizzard that hit western Nebraska.

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