donations at Canfield's

Families donate goods recently to flood-stricken families at the site of the former Canfield's store.

The State of Nebraska and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open their first Disaster Recovery Center on Friday in Valley.

Recovery specialists from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications at the center.

The center will be at 111 E. Front St. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington Counties, which were included in the major disaster declaration, may apply for assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from the severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding.

Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information on hand:

» Social Security number.

» Address of the damaged primary residence.

» Description of the damage.

» Information about insurance coverage.

» A telephone number.

» An address where they can receive mail.

» Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

Many of the services available at disaster recovery centers are also available by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, voice/VP/711. Multilingual operators are available. Teletypewriter, or TTY, users may call 800-462-7585. Lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.

For more information on Nebraska’s disaster recovery, visit

Agencies open in Fremont

The Nebraska Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster and other help organizations will open a Multi Agency Resource Center at the Fremont Public Schools Administrative Building at 130 E. Ninth St.

The center will offer residents aid and resources, including financial assistance for those who qualify, from multiple relief agencies, including the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

It is one of several centers that will open throughout the area over the coming weeks.

Dike near valley repaired

The Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday completed the temporary repairs to the levee protecting Valley, a day early.

Work started Monday on repairs to the Union Dike, which had a 500-foot breach caused by flooding on the Platte River.

Flooding has significantly damaged more than 350 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn Rivers and their tributaries, according to the corps.

The risk of flooding remains because of the potential for above-normal spring rain and weaknesses in the levee system. The corps has said it will take an extended period of time to repair the system.