Vice President Pence visits Nebraska flood victims, talks with state lawmakers

Published: Mar. 19, 2019 at 3:35 PM CDT
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Vice President Mike Pence made a trip to Nebraska on Tuesday to assess flood damage in the area and talk to local officials and lawmakers about the road to recovery.

Below is a timeline of the Vice President's visit to the state:

7:51 p.m. --

Air Force 2 departed Eppley Airfield with Vice President Mike Pence. He said he will help expedite disaster declarations for Nebraska and Iowa when he returns to Washington.

6:37 p.m. --

Vice President Mike Pence and local lawmakers stopped at a flood evacuation shelter at Elkhorn Middle School to greet victims and thank volunteers.

Emotional flood victims greeted Pence and hugged him. There were also many photos taken with the vice president.

Pence, Gov. Ricketts, Sen. Sasse and Rep. Bacon jumped in to help Red Cross volunteers serve dinner and stuff donation bags for a few minutes.

6:02 p.m. --

Vice President Mike Pence, Gov. Pete Rickets, Sen. Ben Sasse and Rep. Don Bacon made a stop on their tour of flood damage to meet with Waterloo Fire and Rescue.

Pence called the area the "heart of the Heartland" and thanked the first responders for their diligent work.

4:39 p.m. --

Vice President Mike Pence touched down at Eppley Airfield in Omaha to tour flooded areas and meet with local officials. Gov. Pete Ricketts, Gov. Kim Reynolds, Sen. Ben Sasse, Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Don Bacon exited the plane with the Vice President and addressed the media.

Pence said he is aware of Nebraska's application for an emergency declaration from the White House and is aware that Iowa's is on its way. He plans to expedite those requests to make federal aid available to affected areas.

The group of U.S. officials boarded a helicopter to tour flooded areas.

3:35 p.m. --

Vice President Mike Pence departed Washington on Tuesday afternoon, headed for Midwest to tour the flood-damaged areas of Iowa and Nebraska.

The Vice President tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that he was aboard Air Force 2 and being briefed on the flooding with Sen. Joni Ernst:

"Our hearts are w/ the victims & we are grateful to First Responders & volunteers."

Pence is expected to meet with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts when he touches down in Nebraska.