GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — This week’s blizzard has prompted the City of Grand Island and Hall County to declare a local disaster.

“These declarations are a result of the severe interruption of transportation and the endangerment of health and safety of the residents of the city of Grand Island and Hall County within the disaster area,” says a Thursday press release from the city.

The disaster declarations were signed by Grand Island Mayor Jeremy Jensen and Scott Arnold, chairman of the Hall County Board, as well as Hall County Clerk Marla Conley and City Clerk RaNae Edwards.

The declarations will allow local authorities to execute “for and on behalf of the city of Grand Island and Hall County, the expenditure of emergency funds from all available sources” and the invoking of mutual aid agreements, the release says.

The steps will also allow local authorities to apply to the State of Nebraska for assistance from the Governor’s Emergency Fund “and any other resources deemed necessary in the fulfillment of local response,” the release says.

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