Ricketts invites Nebraskans to nominate flood heroes

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- On Monday, Governor Pete Ricketts launched an initiative to recognize Nebraska’s flood heroes.

Nebraskans are asked to nominate a hero online by visiting www.nebraskaimpact.com/flood-heroes.

“Nebraskans across our state displayed inspiring courage during March’s natural disaster, and in some cases their actions saved lives,” Governor Ricketts said. “We are asking Nebraskans to share stories of selfless service and heroic deeds so that we can honor the men and women who put their families and communities first. I encourage Nebraskans to take a moment to nominate a hero who stepped up during the blizzards and floods this spring.”

“During the most widespread natural disaster in state history, Nebraskans rose to the challenge to protect their families and assist their neighbors,” First Lady Shore said. “Many worked overtime, risked their personal safety, and generously contributed their time and money to give aid to their communities. We look forward to hearing stories of the heroes in our midst. We also want to give them official recognition for their service to our state.”

Flood hero (#FloodHero) nominations will be reviewed and honorees will be selected and receive recognition later this year.

The bomb cyclone that struck Nebraska in March, followed by heavy rainstorms and rapid snowmelt, caused severe flooding in much of the state. Due to the impacts of the extreme weather, 81 counties and 104 cities throughout Nebraska issued disaster declarations. During the floods, first responders, firefighters, police officers, state troopers, the Nebraska National Guard, the Nebraska Department of Transportation, and thousands of private citizens worked tirelessly to ensure public safety, protect property, and provide relief to flood victim