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Omaha, Douglas Co. request federal money for storm cleanup; four debris drop-off sites remain open

Posted at 11:34 AM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 19:21:55-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV)  — OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and other city officials provided an update on curbside collection plans for large debris after a severe storm blew through the area last weekend as well as disaster declarations submitted by the county and her office.

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Stothert reminded people that city workers from other departments are pitching in to help and said to make sure bundles of limbs on the curb are less than 40 pounds.

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There are four drop-off sites that will remain open through next week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The amount of debris is double the amount expected and trash and recycling are about a day behind at this time.

If disaster declarations submitted by Stothert and Douglas County are approved, it would make state and federal dollars available to help cover storm-related cleanup costs.

Stothert's office provided the following this morning:

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.

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