flood damage-Bellwood Lakes

This photo shows damage to the Bellwood Lakes home of Duane Graybill. Bellwood Lakes is a neighborhood in Bellwood, Nebraska, in Butler County, which was previously approved for disaster relief aid.

Residents and business owners in Boone, Buffalo, Custer, Knox, Richardson and Thurston Counties and the Santee Sioux Nation may now apply for disaster assistance for losses resulting from the severe storm, straight-line winds and flooding in March.

Additional counties may be added as damage assessments continue, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman. Affected homeowners and businesses are encouraged to report damage to local emergency management agencies. FEMA and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency staff continue to assess and validate additional damage reports.

Applications for assistance can be found online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by downloading the FEMA app. To apply by phone, seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, call 800-621-3362.

To visit a disaster recovery center and speak to a FEMA specialist one-on-one, find the nearest location to you by going online at FEMA.gov/DRC.

Business owners, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help recover from losses not covered by insurance, grants or other sources. Businesses and residents can visit SBA.gov/disaster, call SBA’s customer service center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

For qualified homeowners and renters, disaster grants help pay for basic repairs to make a home habitable, for temporary rental assistance, and for serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other sources.

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