Where Nebraska stands in the flood fight

LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) -- With hundreds of millions of dollars in damage already in the books, state officials continue sizing up the extent of the flood destruction while wrangling with early repairs.

Nebraska Governor Pete Rickets said Wednesday that 2,000 miles of roadway took a hit with 375 miles remaing closed as of Wednesday morning.

But there are signs of progress with the reopening of major routes, piece by piece.

Of 16 bridges affected, 13 will need to be replaced. Approaches to the remaing three need repair.

With the damage tallies still a long work in progress, here are some key, preliminary figures that attest to the scope of destruction:

  • $439 million in infrastructure
  • $85 million in private property damaged
  • 2,067 homes damaged/destroyed
  • 341 businesses damaged/destroyed
  • $36 million in feed loss
  • $440 million in crop/planting loss

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is currently focused on the following:
Safety and security: The National Guard and Nebraska State Patrol are helping with aviation support delivery of goods and services as well as aiding sandbagging operations.
Water systems: Water delivery: Some communities systems are compromised and need to be rebuilt
Medical/Mass care: Some hospitals have been affected to varying degrees. The push continues to get them back up and fully running.
Hazards: Dead animals and hazardous material containers in flood waters. They will be collected and disposed of properly.

In Colfax County meanwhile a Chinook helicopter is being used to move hay to stranded cattle – something the Nebraska National Guard has not done in years.

The governor urged people to remain patient. He said the last miles of recovery will take time: weeks, if not months.

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