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Disaster assistance applications up over 5,000

Posted at 12:34 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 13:34:00-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The number of people seeking disaster assistance has jumped as the deadlines near, according to FEMA officials.

Our partners at the Omaha World-Herald report that about 5,700 households in Nebraska have applied for assistance, along with about 1,800 in Iowa.

So far, Nebraska has received nearly $78 million in disaster payments from FEMA and the Small Business Administration, according to the World-Herald. This includes federal flood insurance payments, grants to households and low interest loans.

The World-Herald reports that the payment distribution looks like this:
- $29.5 million in low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses.
- $26.5 million in flood insurance payments.
- $19.3 million in outright grants to families and individuals for home repair and replacement and rental assistance.
- $2.38 million in grants to replace essential personal property and to help with medical, dental, legal, and other disaster expenses.

In Iowa, more than $12 million in grants have been awarded to a total of over 1,200 households. In addition, there have been low interest loans, flood insurance payments and personal property grants paid to Iowans. Residents in 27 Nebraska counties are eligible for assistance, compared with nine counties in Iowa.