Disaster Declaration Approved

President Obama has approved a disaster declaration for parts of Nebraska hammered by heavy storms between October 2 and October 6.

That word came Tuesday from Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman.

The president, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, issued a public assistance declaration that provides assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities in the following counties: Adams, Dawes, Dixon, Howard, Sheridan, Sherman, Sioux, Thurston and Wayne counties.

The declaration includes federal funding on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties in the state.

The disaster declaration allows federal emergency funding to be used in providing assistance to state and local governmental agencies and some nonprofit organizations.

State officials say preliminary damage estimates to public infrastructure exceed $3 million, with the most severe impacts to electrical infrastructure, roads and bridges, along with extensive tree damage in the panhandle.

Eligible costs include removal of storm debris, emergency protective measures and repair or replacement of disaster-damaged roads, bridges, public buildings, critical facilities, such as water, sewer and power systems, and other public facilities.

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