Federal Disaster Money Denied

Federal aid for the private sector denied.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will not be offering assistance to individuals whose homes were damaged earlier this year by heavy rain and flooding in Cass County.

A spokeswoman for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said national officials decided that collectively, Nebraska homeowners weren't affected to the extent that they could qualify for federal assistance.

The Cassgram reports Cass was one of 33 counties included in the state application for the private assistance. The damage to private property in Cass County was along the Weeping Water Creek branches and along the Platte River in the Beach Road area.

Cass County Emergency Management Agency Director Bill Cover said a few weeks ago that federal assistance for individuals doesn’t happen very often. The last time Cass was included in such a declaration was 1993.

53 of Nebraska's 93 counties that sustained damage from heavy flooding and storms in June are included in a public assistance declaration that will help fund repairs to public infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

Earlier this month, the county board appointed Cover as the county representative on the FEMA declaration.

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