LINCOLN–(KFOR May 3)–A week after tornadoes ripped through areas between Lincoln, Omaha and Blair, Governor Jim Pillen is requesting federal disaster assistance from President Biden.

Federal disaster assistance will help with relief costs, debris removal, protective measures and individual assistance. The affected area from the April 26 tornado outbreak includes multiple counties across eastern Nebraska. The request comes days after Gov. Pillen issued an emergency declaration for Douglas, Washington, and Lancaster counties.


Lincoln Electric System crews work to fix power lines that were damaged during severe storms that produced a tornado on Friday, April 24, 2024 between Lincoln and Waverly. This is looking east from 98th and 112th and Alvo Road. (Jeff Motz/KFOR News)




According to the governor, preliminary cost assessments submitted to FEMA for public infrastructure damage in all counties is $11.5 million. The number of homes impacted by the tornado in Douglas and Washington counties is nearly 400, including almost 160 homes that were deemed to be destroyed.

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