“Seeing water continue for miles and miles:” State Sen. Julie Slama calls flooding “apocalyptic”

“Seeing water continue for miles and miles:” State Sen. Julie Slama calls flooding “apocalyptic”
Nebraska City and the miles-wide Missouri River behind it. (Nebraska State Patrol)

PERU – First-year Nebraska State Senator Julie Slama (Peru) was joined by Gov. Pete Ricketts this week to tour flooding along the Missouri River in southeast Nebraska.

The pair took a helicopter ride from Lincoln to Plattsmouth and then south along the river that topped its banks last weekend.

When talking with residents in her district, Slama found it heartening to hear people ask what they could do to help.

“In southeast Nebraska, yes, we were impacted by the flood. But relative to people in northeast Nebraska who had ice chunks the size of semi-trailers going through their houses. We were lucky in a very relative sense to have been spared the brunt of that damage.”

President Donald Trump declared a major disaster Thursday for the state of Nebraska resulting from severe winter weather and massive flooding.

The declaration opens the door to federal aid to help state, tribal and local recovery efforts.

Gov. Pete Ricketts requested the assistance earlier this week. Ricketts and the state’s entire congressional delegation had asked Trump to expedite the declaration.

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