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2019 midwest flood

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The Nebraska Cattlemen is offering financial aid to cattle producers affected by the bomb cyclone storm that struck the state last month.

The group says applicants must have operations in counties or tribal areas falling under emergency or disaster declarations made by the Nebraska governor or the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. Applicants must demonstrate genuine need and that their assets aren't adequate to rebuild from the damage suffered.

 

(Undated, IA)  --  Construction on the flood damaged part of Interstate-29 in southwest Iowa is underway.  The Iowa Department of Transportation says it's working to repair a stretch of the interstate from U.S. Highway 34 all the way to the Missouri border and it plans to have it back open by June.  Updates on construction are available on the Iowa DOT website.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The flooding that devastated huge swaths of Nebraska may put a dent in the state budget and force the postponement of other expenses, but officials said the recovery costs should be manageable.

Lawmakers are bracing for a likely wave of state agency budget requests in the next fiscal year as the state government's share of the total cost becomes clearer.

Sen. John Stinner, of Gering, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, says lawmakers want to ensure the state has enough cash to handle new flood-related expenses as well as future weather disasters.

The total mileage of closed roads in Nebraska is down to double-digits for the first time since last month's flooding.  At the peak, the Nebraska Department of Transportation said more than 33-hundred miles of roads were closed, but the updated number as of today is just over 70.  The U.S. Department of Transportation announced this week that it plans to use 25-million dollars in emergency relief funds to repair flooded roads in the state.

(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  The governors of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri are calling for changes in flood management on the Missouri River.  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts says states need to take an active role:  

(Omaha, NE)  --  Traffic is running once again on Interstate-680 after flooding impacted the highway.  The Iowa Department of Transportation has reopened I-680 to one lane in each direction at the Missouri River Bridge.  In addition, I-29 has been reopened between north 25th Street in Council Bluffs and the I-680 interchange near Crescent.  Speed limits on I-680 are being lowered to 55-miles-per-hour, and people are being encouraged to drive slowly in construction zones.

(Offutt Air Force Base, NE)  --  Offutt Air Force Base is resuming runway activity after it was closed from a flood-out.  Officials said yesterday that inspections revealed no structural problems.  It's not yet clear when nine aircrafts that were evacuated during the recent severe flooding might return, according to a report from the Air Force Times. Floodwaters have not yet completely receded from all portions of the base.

(Glenwood, IA)  --  A water treatment plant in a community southeast of Omaha is offline.  Mills County, Iowa, Public Health officials say the Glenwood Municipal Utilities treatment plant in Pacific Junction is underwater following flooding that moved into the area two weeks ago.  The Army Corps of Engineers is working on a plan to build a water barrier around the plant, but officials say it could be weeks before the facility is up and running.  Residents can pick up water supplies and apply for assistance at the Glenwood Resource Center.

(Lincoln, NE)  --  Flooding is continuing to impact travel in Nebraska.  The state Department of Transportation says as of yesterday, more than 13-hundred miles of highways have reopened, but more than 250 miles are still closed.  The floodwaters have forced officials to close 15 damaged bridges on state highways.

(Brownville, NE)  --  A nuclear power plant along the Missouri River is considered safe.  The Nebraska Public Power District says the Cooper Nuclear Station in Brownville is no longer under a Notice of Unusual Event that was issued on March 15th.  Officials say water levels are receding, and there is no longer a flood threat to the station, which operated normally during the flooding.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans who need housing, tools or other assistance to recover from this month's flooding can now post a request on a new state website .

Gov. Pete Ricketts unveiled the website Thursday as part of the effort to help flooding victims and collect private donations for the effort. The website can be viewed at www.nebraska.gov/nebraska-strong/ .

The website is accepting requests for housing, tools and other needs. Requests will be reviewed before being posted.

As a public service to all needing help and assistance, below is a guide of hyperlinks and phone numbers where people can find answers about safety, available aid, and other information for those affected by the Heartland Flood.  

Government Assistance

President Trump declared a disaster in Nebraska on Thursday, making federal funds available to state residents and businesses affected by floods.

(Lincoln, NE)  --  After the visit to Eastern Nebraska from Vice President Mike Pence, President Trump yesterday approved a disaster declaration for all of Nebraska following destruction from historic flooding. 

The declaration allows for federal funding for people in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties as well as cost-sharing assistance for Native American tribes and some other counties. 

Nebraska DOT officials say at least 15 bridges on the state's highway system have been washed out or otherwise damaged by flooding over the past two weeks.  Affected bridges are as follows:  Highway 11 just south of Butte; Highway 12 Mormon canal and Highway 12 Niobrara River, both west of Niobrara; Highway 13 east of Hadar; two bridges on Highway 15 resulting in a closure from Linwood Spur to south of Schuyler; two bridges on Highway 14 resulting in a closure from the junction of Highway 92 to Albion; Highway 39 just south of Genoa; Highway 57 south of Stanton; Highway 94 Truss Bridge east

National Broadcasters Association

As Nebraska and Iowa contend with historic flooding, the Nebraska Broadcasters Association is working with member TV and radio stations and the American Red Cross on a one-day fundraising event, “#NebraskaStrong Drive for Flood Relief,” to take place this Friday, March 22nd.  The NBA kicked off the drive today with a $20,000 donation to the American Red Cross.