OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - 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.
Americans like Brad Brown & his airboat co-pilot Jake Rohr are the heart of the heartland. Brad & Jake have been helping victims of the flooding & delivering much needed supplies. Grateful for their service & ALL the volunteers & emergency personnel helping Nebraskans in need! pic.twitter.com/l2PxhwX6a4— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) March 20, 2019
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.
Touched down in Omaha, Nebraska to survey flood damage & thank volunteers & emergency personnel. I’m joined by NE @GovRicketts, @IAGovernor, @SenJoniErnst, @SenSasse & @RepDonBacon. The hearts of the American people are with those who have been impacted across the Midwest! pic.twitter.com/Wei2fioRbT— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) March 19, 2019
.@VP, @GovRicketts, & @IAGovernor are surveying flood damage via helicopter. The damage is vast - but as @VP said: the federal gov’t stands ready to make resources available & assist with the recovery. We’re with you! pic.twitter.com/PesnqynuyQ— Alyssa Farah (@VPPressSec) March 19, 2019
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.
Being briefed on AF2 w/ @SenJoniErnst en route to Nebraska on the latest from the devastating flooding that has impacted Nebraska, Iowa, & much of the Midwest. Our hearts are w/ the victims & we are grateful to First Responders & volunteers. Be there soon. pic.twitter.com/TIIjOPTYDE— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) March 19, 2019