WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today sent a letter to President Obama in support of Governor Dave Heineman’s request for a federal disaster declaration as a result of the July 20-29 wildfires in Boyd, Brown, Cherry and Keya Paha counties. The President’s declaration would provide public assistance to communities in these affected areas.
“More than 75,000 acres have burned in north central Nebraska,” Johanns wrote. “As Nebraskans have proven time and time again, they are ready and willing to work together to recover from the challenges of natural disasters. However, at a time when these communities are facing daunting recovery efforts, it is especially important to let them know that the Federal Government is willing to provide assistance with the recent fires.
“I fully support Governor Heineman's request and appreciate your sincere and prompt consideration.”
Costs and damages associated with the fires exceed $5 million, according to Nebraska Emergency Management Agency estimates.
In addition to public assistance for those counties, the Governor also requested statewide hazard mitigation assistance.
The full text of Johanns’ letter can be viewed HERE.
Johanns added that his thoughts and prayers are with those fighting the latest wildfire outbreak in Dawes County and is ready to seek additional federal assistance if necessary.