Larry Brown

Larry Brown of 1215 Ave. F reaches for the residue on the basement wall that shows how high floodwater rose in his southeast Kearney home. Initially, water filled the egress window behind him. When the glass broke water came gushing in.

LINCOLN — Ninety-eight homes were destroyed or suffered major damage in the July 8-12 flood, according to state damage assessments for south-central Nebraska counties, including Buffalo and Dawson counties.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency urged local governments and individuals to continue to document damage from the heavy rain and flooding.

Around the Kearney area, as much as 9 inches of rain fell July 8, and rapidly filled smaller streams and tributaries. Communities hard hit by flooding were Kearney, Gibbon, Odessa, Elm Creek and Lexington.

Two Red Cross disaster assessment teams are preparing for work in Buffalo and Dawson counties Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs).

According to the Red Cross:

- 99 percent of Red Cross damage assessments have been completed.

- 98 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage.

- 55 homes had minor damage.

- 52 cases were opened by the Red Cross, serving 146 clients. The Red Cross estimates another 20 or more cases will be opened.

NEMA said local emergency management offices will compile information on the damage that occurred in individual counties and that information will be forwarded to NEMA.

Gov. Pete Ricketts declared a disaster May 16 and continuing into July for tornadoes, flooding and severe weather that has affected the state. The flooding in south-central Nebraska will be included in any request that the state makes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The governor’s declaration allows state resources to be used to respond to and recover from the severe weather that has effected the state.

Emergency management officials recommend recording details of flood damage by photograph or video, if possible.

Individuals should register the amount of damage to their homes with both their insurance agency and local emergency management offices. A listing of local emergency management directors can be found on the NEMA website.

Residents of counties affected by the recent flooding are asked to report damage to help local and state officials better understand the damage sustained. Damage to property, roads and utilities, and other storm-related information, may be reported. The American Red Cross is already working to assess damage to homes in communities affected by last week’s flooding.

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