Nebraska to offer additional payments for 2019 flood relief

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FILE – In this Oct. 22, 2019 photo, a barn sits in floodwaters in Pacific Junction, Iowa. Flooding remains a concern in several states along the Missouri River even though the weather has been kind so far this spring. The flood risk remains high in eastern South Dakota, eastern North Dakota, eastern Nebraska, western Iowa, eastern Kansas and Missouri because the soil remains wet, but the lack of rain and warm temperatures this spring allowed snow to melt gradually across the Plains without worsening the risk. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik File)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will pay out public assistance beyond what it normally offers to local governments hit by the 2019 floods.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says Gov. Pete Ricketts has approved the payments for the state’s share of disaster relief.

The money will go to Nebraska’s power, irrigation and natural resources districts, which don’t usually receive that form of assistance from the state.

The agency says Ricketts approved the state share because of the extent of flood, wind, and winter storm damage.

Ricketts’ decision follows President Joe Biden’s move to increase the federal cost share from the normal 75% of the cost to 90%.

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