NEMA: Storm-Damaged Town Likely to Get Federal Help

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

More than 100 residents have gathered to hear some good news about their tornado-damaged village in eastern Nebraska.

Power had been restored to most of Beaver Crossing, the residents were told at a town council meeting Monday at the community hall. The lieutenant governor is scheduled to tour the town on Tuesday, and state and federal damage teams will be checking the town before submitting a report to the governor.

The National Weather Service said the May 11 tornado that struck Beaver Crossing packed winds peaking at 140 mph.

Earl Imler with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said he'd be surprised if Beaver Crossing didn't receive some federal disaster aid. But he says it probably won't qualify for individual assistance from the federal government because only 16 homes were destroyed.

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