FEMA Approves Individual Assistance for Nebraskans

FEMA Approves Individual Assistance for Nebraskans

By Liz Dorland. CREATED Aug 12, 2011

Blair, NE -- There is good news for people affected by the historic Missouri River Flooding.  Nine counties in Nebraska are now approved for Individual Assistance: Boyd, Burt, Cass, Dakota, Dixon, Douglas, Knox, Sarpy and Washington. 

Tears fill Ruth Standish's eyes when we tell her the news that FEMA is approving Individual Assistance for Nebraskans. "I didn't know what we were going to do. I'm so relieved, I'm so happy," said Standish.

Relief knowing she may receive FEMA Individual Assistance to help in the long process of cleaning up and rebuilding her rural Blair home. A house that she was forced out of and into temporary housing at Dana College. "Everybody I've called says, 'you make too much money' but we don't make enough to do the repairs ourself," explained Ruth.

At the height of the flood the Standish's home was surrounded by Missouri River flood water.  "This is my neighbor's house, Sandy. Then ours is right in here," explained Ruth while pointing to a picture homes barely standing out of a sea of water.

Today, puddles of flood water glistens in the setting sun while standing in farm fields around her home.  A generator rumbles to remove nearly six feet of standing water in the basement.  "The county inspector was out, he said our house is salvagable. There's not a lot of mold up there but boy it sure makes you sick pulling the carpets out," said Ruth.

Inside her home the family piano sits dry, spared from the muddy water. Mold grows on the walls.  The Standish's are like thousands affected by this flood- they have no flood insurance and little money to help rebuild.  Ruth said she was not sure how they were going to pay for mounting repairs.  "I kept saying who's responsible to fix my house because I'm not the one who damaged it," said Standish.

Information on FEMA Public Assistance can be found at: www.fema.gov/government/grant/pa/index.shtm
Individual Assistance applications can be found at: http://www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm.


Reported By: Liz Dorland, ldorland@action3news.com