FEMA says flood recovery could last more than two years

FEMA says flood recovery could last more than two years
Floodwaters surround an irrigation system with driftwood hanging off it on Waubonsie Ave. near the Interstate 20 overpass north of Thurman, Iowa on May 29, 2019. (World-Herald News Service)

NEBRASKA CITY – Flood recovery agencies and organizations, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),  held a summit in Nebraska City on Wednesday for flood victims who are dealing with long-term recovery and case management.

FEMA Volunteer Agency Liason Mike Pickerel says flood recovery across Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri could last two to three years – maybe longer.

“What this summit is all about is bringing long-term recovery members into this summit, bringing emergency management directors in, and bringing faith community leaders in and explaining to (flood victims) on a more detailed basis what long-term recovery is about, what they need to do as long-term recovery members, and how to proceed.”

Topics covered at the First Presbyterian Church included talking to children about disasters and what their needs are compared to adults; how to raise money for recovery efforts; and FEMA presented on the process of assistance delivery.

“If they’re under-insured or uninsured, we ask them to apply for FEMA and apply with the Small Business Administration. Now, a lot of people say, ‘why would I apply with SBA? Because I’m not a business.’ SBA does have disaster loans for home owners up to $200,000 per home and up to $40,000 for personal property.”

Additional information about flood recovery efforts can be found on the Nebraska VOAD, UNL Extension and FEMA websites.

A summit was held in Columbus on Tuesday and another one will be held in Fremont on Thursday.

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