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Disaster declared by Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert

Posted at 4:11 PM, Jul 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 13:35:39-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Following heavy storm damage over the weekend, many in the metro area are still without power. According to a release from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, the county will be seeking assistance from the state to help with recovery efforts. Omaha Mayor Stothert also submitted a disaster declaration.

See also: OPPD providing updates on power restoration efforts following storm

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners provided the following release:

Since July 09 and 10, 2021, Douglas County, Nebraska has suffered significant adverse impact from a severe thunderstorm which occurred Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10, 2021 with high winds and rains resulting in damage to infrastructure, public and private property and loss of utility service. The response and recovery efforts have exceeded local capacity, hampering Douglas County's recovery efforts and have endangered the health and safety of the citizens of Douglas County within the areas affected. These conditions rise to the level of a disaster, per the statutory definition in Neb. Rev. Stat.§ 81-829.09, as "any event or the imminent threat thereof causing widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or manmade cause."

Therefore, on behalf of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and as its elected chairperson, I submit this declaration as authorized under Neb. Rev. Stat. § 81-829.49 - Neb. Rev. Stat.§ 81-829.51 thereby establishing a local emergency. Further, it will permit the request to the State of Nebraska for assistance from the Governor's Emergency Fund and other resources as necessary in the fulfillment of my duties.

On Thursday morning, one day after the Douglas County Board of Commissioners released its disaster declaration, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert's office provided the following:

On July 09 and 10, 2021, the City of Omaha suffered significant adverse impact from a severe thunderstorm with damaging high winds and rains resulting in damage to city infrastructure, public and private property, disruption of utility service and endangerment of health and safety to the citizens of Omaha, Nebraska.

Therefore, on behalf of the City of Omaha, I submit this emergency declaration as authorized under Nebraska State Statute R.R.S. 81-829.50 and will execute for and on behalf of the City of Omaha, Nebraska, the expenditure of emergency funds, the invoking of mutual aid agreements and the applying to the State of Nebraska for assistance from the Governor's Emergency Fund and other resources as necessary in the fulfillment of my duties.

The announcement comes with another storm looming on the horizon.

See also: Getting the most out of your storm damage claims

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