The total estimated flood damage in rose in Nebraska to more than $1.4 billion according to a recent estimate.
In a press conference Wednesday morning, Governor Pete Ricketts said this is the worst natural disaster to ever hit the state.
Due to flood damage, Ricketts said, “2067 homes damaged. 341 businesses damaged or lost, $400 million in cow-calf loss, and $440 million in crop loss.”
In addition to going over the damage, Ricketts issued two new executive orders to help provide relief to those impacted by the flooding.
One order gives farmers and ranchers a reasonable amount of time to dispose of diseased livestock. The other temporarily suspends requirements for trip permits and fuel tax permits. The orders going along with the emergency declaration. The orders are effective until April 15.
“In light of the historic flooding and devastation our communities have experienced, the Governor’s Office is working to cut red tape,” said Taylor Gage, the director of strategic communications for Governor Ricketts. “These executive orders will help our communities as they work to recover and rebuild after the most widespread natural disaster in state history.”
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency estimates 95 percent of all Nebraska residents have been affected in some way by the storms.