The beating Nebraska has obtained from bad storms from mid-May has prompted an additional disaster declaration and aid application procedure for its flood victims.
Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the new disaster declaration for storm damage that has occurred since May 16. Flooding, hail, strong winds, torrential rains, and tornadoes have pummeled the state since mid-May. In March, a powerful blizzard and historical flooding prompted an earlier disaster declaration.
Federal aid applications for this period were limited to damage that occurred between March 9 and April 1. Hence there was a new declaration required to file for destroyed or damaged items that have happened in May and June.
This newest round of storms has affected counties which didn’t see flood damage in March and, some that did and others that had already refurbished from the March blizzards.
“It’s fairly wide-ranging, essentially statewide,” said Bryan Tuma, assistant director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.
Narrows River Park Will Close For Summer
The rising Missouri River has overflowed Narrows River Park in Council Bluffs and, because of this, it’ll be closed for the entire 2019 season, according to Pottawattamie County Conservation. The agency expects that the park will restart in 2020.
Santa Lucia Festival Goes To Another Side Of Omaha’s Flood Wall
Omaha’s Santa Lucia Festival was held June 6-9, 2019 but not right across Omaha’s Missouri Riverfront. The festival was moved within Omaha’s flood wall so the program could go on since the city determined to shut the floodgates, organizers say.
‘No wake’ Limitation Set On Lake Manawa
The powerboats that raced across Lake Manawa Wednesday afternoon will not have the ability to hit at those rates again for a while. Due to colossal water levels, a “no wake” limitation was placed on the lake from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
That turns into about a 5 mph speed limit. The lake is 12 inches above the crest level, and waves brought on by racing boats risk breaking the shoreline, according to the department.
The restriction will remain until the Missouri River, and Indian Creek falls below flood stage, and the lake returns to its average level. Lake Manawa in 2011 was under a no-wake restriction.
How To Assist Nebraska Flood Victims
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross of Southwest Iowa & Nebraska is urging citizens who wish to assist others during these floods to contribute to their own welfare fund.
To make a contribution to Red Cross Disaster Relief:
Go to redcross.org and choose ‘I want to Support Disaster Relief.’
Call 1-800-RED CROSS
Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.
Mail check to: American Red Cross, 2912 S. 80th Ave., Omaha NE 68124.
Bank on Nebraska Strong
The Nebraska Bankers Association has started working with Nebraska United Ways and local banks to set up the Bank on Nebraska Strong fund. The NBA hopes that the fund will be used to assist with initial requirements and rebuilding of communities and businesses.
The following avenues are created to contribute to the Bank on Nebraska Strong fund:
Nebraska United Ways- Donors can choose the Bank On Nebraska Strong fund through the United Ways platform. Go to: https://www.unitedwaymidlands.org/nefloodrelief/ to contribute.
Banks might also work with local United Way representatives to prepare additional donation channels for the fund.
Catholic Social Services
Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska states it his accepting financial contributions to help those affected by the dreadful and continuing flood/storm harm in Nebraska. Checks may be sent to them at their administrative offices (2241 O St. Lincoln NE 68510) OR through their site.
If donating via check, be sure to list “flood relief” on your check memo. If donating online, designate “flooding relief” from the “special designation for your gift” section.
Grand Island Community Foundation
This foundation has set up a Disaster Relief Fund for Central Nebraska. Donation funds will be ready for the regional area to help with relief linked to the flooding observed in the Central Nebraska region. Those preferring to donate to the contributions can do this at www.gicf.org. The Grand Island Community Foundation (GICF) will be in touch with local associations to allocate the funds.
Hy-Vee declared fundraising efforts to benefit the American Red Cross of Southwest and Nebraska, Iowa. Any amount can be donated by clients at the file or customer service board to help with flood assistance endeavors. Hy-Vee will then match up customer contributions up to $50,000.
Kearney Area Community Foundation
This particular foundation has a Disaster Relief Fund settings to assist people in the Kearney area, experiencing damage from the catastrophic flooding. To give your assistance, click on the link provided to contribute to the Disaster Relief Fund. All donations will remain in our area.
100% of all contributions will be allocated to Nebraska cattle producers influenced by natural disasters, including recent weather events. If you want to write a check, write Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund in the memo field and send it to:
Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund
4611 Cattle Drive
Lincoln, NE 68521
Click here to download a donation form.
Nebraska Community Foundation
To contribute through a check, make out to:
Nebraska Community Foundation
P.O. Box 83107
Lincoln, Nebraska, Pincode: 68501
Don’t forget to write “Bank on Nebraska Strong Fund” in the donation check memo field.
For donating to the NBA’s Bank On Nebraska Strong fund, text the word NEFLOODRELIEF to 41444.
Nebraska Department of Agriculture
In case you have hay, feed stuff, fencing materials, equipment, etc. that you’re ready to donate, please contact the Nebraska Department of Agriculture in 1-800-831-0550. Be prepared to discuss what you have that you’re willing to donate and the amount, along with your name and location.
NDA staff identifying needs to respond accordingly and will be collecting this information, including the advantage of the National Guard and other state sources. A record of disaster relief supplies for Nebraska farmers and ranchers is also available online at https://buff.ly/2FbqDfU
Nebraska Humane Society at Omaha
We’ve got an Amazon wishlist loaded with things that we will be stockpiling for flood victims that might require them. Things we want the most would be clean, towels/blankets, leashes, collars, food, and wire kennels.
NHS is supporting animals affected by the record flooding this year. We are currently working to help these animals, and your contributions will allow us to help them further. You can contribute here: http://bit.ly/2Oey89X
Nebraska Strong Site
Governor Pete Ricketts introduced a new site to help connect more Nebraskans with opportunities to request and provide relief. Here is the website: http://www.nebraska.gov/nebraska-strong/.
On the website, Nebraskans who require relief can log requests for items ranging from housing to tools. Applications will then be examined by the Nebraska Preparedness Partnership before publishing. After they are considered, they will then be available for fulfillment by members of the public.
People who want to help provide flood relief are encouraged to monitor the website for new flood victims requests.
This charitable organization is currently helping in Western Iowa and Northeast Nebraska operating beside first contributors and governments to offer support to flood victims or sufferers of the extensive flooding. You can assist in relief efforts by donating here.
United Way of the Midlands
100% of each contribution to the Iowa/ Nebraska food Relief money will be delivered to nonprofit associations fulfilling people’s requirements for emergency food, shelter, and much more. Donors will have the opportunity to address their gift to a community within Nebraska or Iowa if they wish. Send FLOODRELIEF (all caps, no space) in a text message to 41444 or see https://bit.ly/2CqmEeZ contribute today.
United Way of the Midlands supports everyone in need of help to call 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898211 or see www.ne211.org. The 2-1-1 Helpline will be open 24/7 for the immediate future.
Washington County Flood Relief
The Washington County Flood Relief committee functions to help locate housing, organize volunteers, provide meals, and work with people whose lives are influenced by the flood.
To Contact Washington County Flood Relief, make a call on “1-402-426-8881” or visit https://sites.google.com/a/bereadywashco.org/beready/.