UPDATE: Disaster proclamation issued in Nebraska following Friday's storm damage

Insurance companies are seeing an estimated 10,000 damage claims

PLATTSMOUTH COUNTY, Neb. - Insurance companies are seeing an estimated, 10,000 damage claims, from Friday night's storms, in Iowa and Nebraska.

Many of those claims are for wind damage.

Several tornadoes were confirmed in northeast Nebraska, near Hoskins, Madison and Meadow Grove.

More severe twisters confirmed elsewhere in state, particularly near Bellevue.

Nebraska's governor says, a disaster proclamation has now been issued and the state is seeking federal cleanup assistance.

"What we'll do for this disaster proclamation is pull together all the damage assessments from across the state, starting from the June 12th storms and running through June 16th, and be able to pull that all together into one package that we give to FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to be able to get those reimbursement dollars," says Gov. Pete Ricketts, (R) Nebraska.

In western Iowa, there was just one report of a tornado Friday night but many reports of damaging hail.

Governor Ricketts spent the weekend following the storms, surveying damage in the Cornhusker state. Governor Ricketts landed at the Plattsmouth Municipal Airport on Saturday, getting a bird's eye view of the storm's destruction in Cass and Sarpy counties.

"We saw grain silos that had collapsed, we saw a camper that was on its side, we saw garages that were collapsed, house and barns with trees that had collapsed on them. A lot of power lines down," Ricketts said. 
 
Nebraska Public Power District says 2700 people were without power last night and that number is now just more than 430. Crews are working on the clock to restore power, but people in neighborhoods say it could still be 4-5 days before it's back on. Trees also remain on top of houses, some cracked in half and uprooted from the ground in Plattsmouth's Bucaneer Bay neighborhood.
 
"Last night was probably the most widespread and most severe outbreak of storms that we had."
 
The storms started firing in Western Nebraska on June 12th and continued last night near the metro, which is why Nema is treating it as an extended weather period.
 
Emergency management officials are still assessing the damage and costs to public infrastructure before requesting a federal disaster declaration. Until then, communities will continue the clean up.
 
"If you look at what Nebraskans do, they really pull together when there's a disaster like this. They help their neighbors and really work to get everybody back on their feet. It's really tremendous to see."
 
 

 

 

 

 

 


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