SATURDAY FLOOD UPDATES: President Trump approves Iowa disaster declaration

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Here's the latest flooding and weather-related reports throughout the region for Saturday, March 23rd:

5:59 p.m. -- Shelby County officials said that though they were not designated to receive federal individual assistance, they are going to work diligently to try and get the county qualified.

Shelby County residents who received structural damage from flooding should call 1-800-621-3362 or go to www.disasterassistance.gov to report damage. Adding to reports may help the community access federal funding.

Those with damage who have already reported it to the county should still call the number.

4:57 p.m. -- North Bend Central Public School has become a community center for response in the town of North Bend. The fire department, grocery store and emergency services have been operating out of the building. The district hopes to have students back to school on Wednesday.

The Nebraska National Guard has dropped 937 different 1,500-pound sandbags in various locations to prevent further flooding. They have also dropped hay bales to feed hungry cattle.

3:49 p.m. -- President Donald Trump approved Iowa's request for a disaster declaration for 56 counties impacted by flooding.

Federal individual assistance is available to residents of Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Woodbury counties.

Federal public assistance is available to all 56 counties, and hazard mitigation funding is available statewide.

1:22 p.m. -- Gov. Pete Ricketts thanked Nebraskans for contributing to flood relief during #NebraskaStrong Day. The donation drive raised $436,719.

12:32 p.m. -- Interstate 29 has reopened from U.S. 34 to Council Bluffs.

Closures remain in place for I-680 in both directions between the Nebraska border and I-29 near Crescent, I-29 in both directions
between the I-680 interchange and North 25th Street in Council Bluffs, I-29 in both directions between the U.S. 34 interchange and U.S. 71 in Missouri.

11:39 a.m. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service will be assisting farmers with the loss of livestock.

Farmers can apply for assistance to dispose of dead livestock now through April 5.

Producers who suffered damages to fencing, water sources and windbreaks may also apply for assistance from NRCS through EQIP

11:38 a.m. -- Mills County will be holding a flooding information meeting on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the High School Auditorium. Officials will be there with resources for flood victims.

The county is still taking donations of food, water, clothing, personal hygiene products, gift cards and money. A Flood Relief Open House will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. where these types of items will be handed out.

The Highway 34 and Interstate 29 intersection remains closed.

Residents with questions should call 712-520-4000.

10:45 a.m. -- Sarpy County officials have opened access to Thomas Riverside Acres, Linoma Beach and surrounding areas. Residents may return to their homes.

Betty, Chris and Hanson Lakes are also open, but residents need to check in at the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office before returning. Anyone checking in after noon should call 402-350-3379 or 402-659-7332.

Olivo Lake and Schmid Park cabin owners should contact property owners for permission to access the property.

Vencil's Island, Sands Trailer Court and Riha Lakes remain inaccessible because of flooding or road issues.

Sarpy County residents who need help cleaning up homes can call 833-556-2476 or 501-954-0495.