Nebraska Floods: 74 Cities, 65 Counties Declare A State of Emergency
Nati Harnik / AP
Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET, 3/22/2109
As floodwaters begin to recede, Vice President Pence announced in a tweet that he would visit Nebraska on Tuesday to take stock of the devastation.
His visit comes as 74 cities, 65 counties and four tribal areas have declared states of emergency in Nebraska, according to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.
Additionally, nearly half of Iowa’s counties are covered by Gov. Kim Reynolds’ disaster proclamations.
Water submerged large swaths of those states, as well as parts of Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin, ravaging farms and swamping homes. At least four people have been killed and hundreds of others have been displaced.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that Pence would be joined by Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska and by Reynolds.
Reynolds told reporters on Tuesday that the visit would help the vice president get a sense of the severity of the damage caused by floods.
She said 41 of Iowa’s 99 counties are included in her state disaster declaration.
NEBRASKA DISASTER DECLARATION
March 21, 2019
Governor Ricketts estimated that more than 2,000 homes and 340 businesses were damaged or destroyed by the flood, at a cost of $85 million
Designated Counties (Individual Assistance):
POPULATION COUNTY SEAT
Butler 8,105 David City
Cass 25,513 Plattsmouth
Colfax 10,616 Schuyler
Dodge 36,576 Fremont
Douglas 549,706 Omaha
Nemaha 7,041 Auburn
Sarpy 175,188 Papillion
Saunders 20,953 Wahoo
Washington 20,414 Blair