Nebraska Emergency Fund Solid Despite Storms

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Officials say a state emergency response fund is financially solid despite a year of heavy storms that caused millions of dollars in damage in Nebraska.

State officials said Wednesday that the governor's emergency fund has $7 million available for future disasters. The fund is used to reimburse local governments for some of their emergency expenses.

It was nearly depleted in 2012 after wildfires swept through central and western Nebraska. This year, the state has experienced severe storms and tornadoes that caused millions of dollars in damage, but many of the affected areas qualified for federal disaster aid or were covered by private insurance.

Gov. Dave Heineman says the Federal Emergency Management Agency responded well to the disasters in Nebraska, and volunteers also played a critical role.