Unemployment assistance: If severe flooding in parts of Nebraska has affected your ability to work, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
To qualify, you must have worked or lived in one of the counties declared federal disaster areas — Boyd, Burt, Cass, Dakota, Dixon, Douglas, Knox, Sarpy and Washington — and you must be ineligible for regular unemployment. The period of unemployment due to flooding must be between May 24 and Aug. 1.
Even those who don't normally qualify for unemployment insurance benefits, such as the self-employed, may be covered under this program.
Applications must be filed with the Nebraska Department of Labor by Sept. 26. Individuals will need their Social Security numbers, name and address of their last employer or prospective employer, and proof that they were employed or self-employed at the time of the disaster in the affected counties, or that they were scheduled to begin a job when the disaster occurred. Proof can include pay stubs, vouchers or earnings statements.
To apply, begin by calling the Nebraska Claims Center at 402-458-2500, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Follow the automated prompts to continue through the claims process, and be prepared to wait during busy calling periods.
Additional information is available at dol.nebraska.gov.
Boyd County: A disaster recovery center will open at 1 p.m. Friday in Boyd County to assist those affected by recent flooding. It will be at the City Office and Fire Hall, 100 E. Main St., in Spencer for three days: Friday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sept. 6, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The center will be closed over the Labor Day holiday weekend.