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Unemployment assistance available to workers affected by floods

Posted: 3:14 PM, Mar 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-27 16:14:16-04
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Workers who became unemployed as a direct result of flooding in Nebraska could qualify for unemployment assistance.

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program was applied once President Trump designated parts of Nebraska a disaster area on March 21, a press release from the Nebraska Department of Labor says.

Residents of Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders, or Washington counties, and whose employment was interrupted or lost during the flooding, could be eligible for benefits.

The first week that individuals are eligible for DUA is March 10 through March 16, 2019. The process for filing is similar to regular unemployment insurance benefits.

Claims can be filed here.

All applicants must provide documents verifying wages.

According to the press release, to be eligible for DUA benefits under the Presidential Disaster Declaration, individuals must:

· Be an unemployed worker whose unemployment was caused as a direct result of the major disaster declared by the President

· Be a U.S. national or a qualified alien; and

· Not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits from any state; and

· Have worked or been self-employed in, or scheduled to begin work or self-employment in, one of the counties listed above; and

· Establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income.

Also eligible to apply for DUA are individuals who:

· Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of a disaster; or

· Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster; or

· Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of the household; or,

· Cannot work or perform self-employment due to closure of a facility by the federal government.

Those applying to DUA will need their Social Security Number and the name and address of their last employer/prospective employer in order to file. Applicants must provide proof that they were employed or self-employed at the time of the disaster, or that they were scheduled to begin a job when the floods occurred.

People can typically recieve up to 26 weeks of DUA benefits as long as unemployment continues. Eligibility is determined on a week-by-week basis.

The filing deadline is April 26, 2019. General information can be found here .