Nebraska Strong! Here’s another challenge
Blizzards on one end of the state, floods on the other. Nebraska, now more than ever, it’s not for everyone!
Nebraska has 79,056 miles of rivers, more than any other state, and it seems like every one of them flooded. Disasters have been declared in 80 percent of the state and thousands of Nebraskans were forced to find high ground with friends, relatives or in shelters.
On March 12, Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency to deal with two very different, yet equally devastating weather disasters. All hell was yet to break loose, but it did a few days later. A week later Vice President Mike Pence visited Nebraska, one of those mostly square states out west, to view the damage.
What he found is Nebraska Strong. If you must ask: we do it on our own, without fanfare; we don’t draw attention from the national media; we are a flyover state and we accept that, maybe even embrace it.
Ricketts spent several days before Pence’s arrival touring flooded areas, viewing the devastation from the air and meeting with concerned officials and applauding volunteers on the ground. He did his best to expedite the federal disaster aid paperwork required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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