Lt. Governor Tours Sarpy County Flooding

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

Paul Walker has been seeing a lot of traffic lately.

“50-cents, thank you,” he said.

Ever since water has closed parts of I-29, detoured traffic is using the Bellevue Toll Bridge. And from inside the booth, it's fair to say he has a front row seat to the mighty Missouri.

“You just keep an eye, like that basketball hoop is 10 foot so when it goes above that you know about how high it is,” Walker said.

High enough that drivers can't help but comment.

“A lot of questions, is it going up, is it going down, is it gonna flood, are you gonna stay here,” Walker said.

Tuesday Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy toured the area, looking for answers. Sheehy is pushing for a disaster declaration of the 230 plus miles of flooded land along the Missouri but wants everyone to realize the process takes time.

“We’re going to be at this for probably a least another 30-45 days. And we need to make sure people now that there is support out there and not to be complacent,” Sheehy said.

He says the state already budgets $5 million a year for disasters.

“Really what this does is it turns into a cash flow issue. Not only for the local communities but also for the State of Nebraska,” Sheehy said.

He also told us many people are still waiting for their money after last summer's flooding in Elkhorn and the terrible winter storms. He says often times a project needs to be underway before funding comes through.

And keep in mind even with federal funding the state and local community pays for 25 percent of the total cost.

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