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June 17, 2011

Johanns Supports Governor's Disaster Declaration Request

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today sent a letter to President Barack Obama in support of Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman's request for an emergency declaration to assist counties hit by recent flooding. Johanns recently visited flood affected areas and has remained heavily engaged in relief and preparation efforts.

"It is crucial for the President to act quickly to declare the impacted counties eligible for disaster assistance as we continue to battle the flood waters,” Johanns said. “State and local officials have done a magnificent job responding to the flooding, but with the worst flooding potentially yet to come, the need for federal aid is indisputable." 

“Additionally, my staff and I will continue to help in any way that we can to minimize the hardship for those impacted.”

Governor Heineman today requested emergencies be declared in the following counties: Scotts Bluff, Morrill, Garden and Lincoln along the Platte River and Boyd, Knox, Cedar, Dixon, Dakota, Thurston, Washington, Burt,  Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Otoe, Nemaha and Richardson counties along the Missouri River.

A copy of Senator Johanns' letter to the President can be read HERE.

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