Flooding application photo

Water makes its way onto the patio of Steve Douglas’s house at Hawaiian Village during flooding in March. Douglas said the water got about three feet high onto his house, flooding his basement.

The slow pace of applications for flood relief has Sarpy County Assessor Dan Pittman worried affected residents may not know help is available.

“We’re concerned that people either don’t know about it or are waiting,” he said. “If you don’t file, certainly you will receive no relief. If you wait too long, it’s going to slow down the process of getting relief.”

Residents of flooded areas whose properties sustained more than 20 percent damage based on their current assessed values are eligible to apply for financial compensation from the state.

To do so, however, a Report of Destroyed Real Property (Form 425) must be filed by July 15.

The form is available either to be printed or for online submission at the assessor’s page at sarpy.com.

Pittman said only 125 applications have been submitted either to his office or to the office of the county clerk, both of which are authorized submission points.

He said 1,700 parcels were impacted by the flooding.

Owners of property damaged after Jan. 1 but before July 1 of the current assessment year are eligible.

The state defines “significant property damage” as:

• Damage to an improvement exceeding 20 percent of the improvement’s assessed value in the current tax year as determined by the county assessor.

• Damage to the land exceeding 20 percent of a parcel’s assessed land value in the current tax year.

• Damage exceeding 20 percent of the property’s assessed value in the current tax year as determined by the county assessor if:

a. Such property is located in disaster area; and

b. A housing inspector or health inspector has determined the property is uninhabitable.

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