Flood Victims Get Help

The American Red Cross will distribute flood cleanup kits and other supplies for Cass and Sarpy County residents on Wednesday (9/7) from 8am to 3pm at the Bellevue Fire Department training site, 3100 Cornhusker Road.

The Cassgram reports that the Red Cross asks that only families with homes affected by flooding ask for the kits; as there is a limited supply.

The training site is also serving as a Disaster Recovery Center operated by the State of Nebraska, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The DRC is open today until 7pm and Wednesday (9/7) from 9am to 7pm.

Before visiting the center, people with flood-related losses should register with FEMA even if they have applied for assistance with the USDA, filed a claim with the U.S. Corps of Engineers, received assistance from local voluntary agencies, or have called the NEMA flood hotline to report their damage.

Register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

Cooler weather and the receding Missouri River have taken some pressure off the Plattsmouth water treatment plant, so the decision has been made to ease the request for voluntary water restrictions.

Public Works Director Gary Hellwig said recent rains and lower temperatures mean demand for water will be less than during the hottest days of summer. Hellwig still urged water customers to use common sense and to not simply waste water.

Hellwig thanked everyone for their voluntary conservation efforts and for their patience and understanding during the flood of 2011.

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