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$2 million grant awarded for flood-displaced workers in NE

Posted: 12:44 PM, Jun 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-27 13:54:00-04
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — People who were put out of work due to flooding that impacted three-quarters of the state may be eligible for assistance thanks to a grant approved by the United States Department of Labor.

They say a funding up to $2 million has been approved with an initial release of $800,000 to help people get back to work.

"This spring’s storms and flooding affected multiple communities in Nebraska, in some cases leading to the evacuation of entire towns,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “The U.S. Department of Labor’s dislocated worker grants will support the governor’s efforts for the economic recovery of these communities by helping people get back to work.”

Governor Ricketts praised the Department of Labor's grant approval.

“Nebraskans are still recovering from the blizzards and floods that engulfed our state this spring,” said Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts. “This grant provides training and employment services to Nebraskans whose livelihoods have been disrupted by the storms. It will help them resume work, and it will enable more Nebraskans to bounce back from the disaster stronger than ever.”