FREMONT – President Donald Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of Nebraska on Tuesday.
18 counties in Nebraska suffered major damages from six tornadoes, strong winds, and hail from June 12th to June 15th this year. The storms resulted in more than $13,780,024 in damages across the state. U.S. Senator Deb Fischer led the congressional delegation requesting the disaster declaration, and received a prompt response from President Trump.
Region 5/6 Emergency Manager for Burt, Dodge, and Washington Counties in Nebraska, Bill Pook, says Dodge County exceeded $1.5 million dollars in damages during the storms. He says the amount of federal funds released to Nebraska communities will depend on the types of damages.
“It’s going to be based on FEMA’s evaluation on what are considered eligible costs,” said Pook. “It’s not just everything. It has to be something that is eligible by definition within the FEMA guidelines. And then of course it has to be substantiated with evidence, proof, record-keeping, receipts, things like that.”
Pook says damages to public areas and buildings are usually considered eligible costs under FEMA guidelines, while private property is often not.
“Debris removal is an eligible cost. If there was damage to a public building like a city hall, or a fire department, or a school, those would be considered eligible costs,” said Pook. “If it is something to a private property, a private business, that is not an eligible cost.”
FEMA did a preliminary damage assessment within a week of the storms in June. The next step is a FEMA held participants briefing.