The battering Nebraska has taken from storms since mid-May has prompted a second disaster declaration and aid application process.
Gov. Pete Ricketts issued the new declaration for storm damage that has occurred since May 16. Tornadoes, hail, strong winds, heavy rains and flooding have all pummeled the state since mid-May. In March, historic flooding and a powerful blizzard prompted an earlier disaster declaration. Federal aid applications for that period were limited to damage that occurred between March 9 and April 1. Thus a new declaration was needed to allow for damage that has occurred in May and June.
This latest round of storms has affected counties that didn’t see damage in March, some that did and others that had already rebuilt from the March storms.
“It’s fairly wide-ranging, essentially statewide,” said Bryan Tuma, assistant director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.
Narrows River Park will close for summer
The rising Missouri River has flooded Narrows River Park in Council Bluffs and, as a result, it will be closed for the entire 2019 season, according to Pottawattamie County Conservation. The agency anticipates that the park will reopen in 2020.
Santa Lucia Festival moves to other side of Omaha’s flood wall
Omaha’s Santa Lucia Festival is being held this weekend — near, but not right along Omaha’s Missouri Riverfront. The festival has been moved inside Omaha’s flood wall so the show could go on in the event the city decided to close the floodgates, organizers say.
‘No wake’ restriction placed on Lake Manawa
The motorboats that sped across Lake Manawa Wednesday afternoon won’t be able to hit those high speeds again for a while. Because of high water levels, a “no wake” restriction has been placed on the lake by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
That translates into about a 5 mph speed limit. The lake is 12 inches above crest level, and waves caused by speeding boats risk damaging the shoreline, according to the department.
The restriction will remain in place until Indian Creek and the Missouri River fall below flood stage and the lake returns to its normal level. Lake Manawa was last under a no wake restriction in 2011.