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Cost Of Wayne Tornado Damage Estimated At $49 Million

Posted: 15 November, 2013

LINCOLN - Earlier today, Gov. Dave Heineman submitted a formal request for a Major Disaster Declaration to the President through the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VII in the wake of severe weather including tornados, a blizzard and flash floods that occurred in nine Nebraska counties Oct. 2-6.

In his letter to President Obama, Gov. Heineman state that an estimated $49 million worth of damage was done to businesses in the City of Wayne alone. Some of the damage estimates include $3.1 million to the Wayne Municipal Airport and Summer Softball Complex, $1,041,327 in public power infrastructure costs and $464,111 for debris removal as a result of the tornado, among others.

The letter also addresses the damage done to the western part of the state by a blizzard that occurred around the same time as the October 4 tornado in Wayne. All counties included in the disaster declaration are Adams, Dawes, Dixon, Howard, Sheridan, Sherman, Sioux, Thurston and Wayne.

The Governor’s request will be reviewed by the FEMA regional office in Kansas City before being forwarded to the White House for a decision.

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