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.


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):


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

Total 854,112