Author Archives: Jane Monnich

Disaster Declaration For Nearly 70 Percent of Nebraska

Disaster Declaration For Nearly 70 Percent of Nebraska

A disaster declaration has been declared for nearly 70 percent of the state of Nebraska. The state’s Emergency Management Agency said in a news release Tuesday that 65 of the state’s 93 counties are under state-issued emergency declarations. Gov. Pete Ricketts says there have been disasters with greater loss of life. But he said he…Read more »

Lincoln Residents Are Reducing Water Usage

Lincoln Residents Are Reducing Water Usage

Lincoln residents are heeding Mayor Beutler’s call for reduced water consumption. Mayor Beutler announces that Lincoln residents reduced their normal rate of water consumption by about three million gallons in one day…which he calls tremendous progress. Mayor Beutler says that many of the city’s well units at the city’s well field in Ashland are still…Read more »

Nebraska Ag Losses From Flood Damage Are Huge

Nebraska Ag Losses From Flood Damage Are Huge

Nebraska agriculture losses from flooding are estimated at one billion dollars. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson estimates $400 million on crop losses because of crops that will be planted late – if at all. Nelson also estimates up to $500 million in livestock losses as the state struggles with swollen rivers and breached or…Read more »

Lincoln Residents Still Need To Cut Their City Water Usage In Half

Lincoln Residents Still Need To Cut Their City Water Usage In Half

Mandatory water usage restrictions remain in effect for Lincoln residents. Mayor Beutler says at an afternoon news conference that the city’s water production has increased somewhat Monday. He says that production is enough to meet the community’s basic needs for drinking water, health and sanitation needs. However Beutler says it is not enough to meet…Read more »

An 80 Year Old Columbus Flood Victim Is Identified

An 80-year-old Columbus woman has died in her home after authorities couldn’t reach her. The Platte County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of Betty Hamernik Monday. The sheriff’s report says rescuers from a Lincoln search team were unable to get to Hamernik because of the fast current, high waves and wind gusts of 60 mph.…Read more »

Nebraska Lawmakers OK Bill to Capture Online Sales Taxes

Nebraska Lawmakers OK Bill to Capture Online Sales Taxes

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska lawmakers have passed a bill to help the state collect online sales taxes in an effort to capture millions of dollars lost every year from consumers who haven’t been paying the tax. The measure won final approval in the Legislature Friday on a 43-0 vote. It would go into effect…Read more »

Sandbags Added To Levee That Protects Nebraska Nuclear Plant

Sandbags Added To Levee That Protects Nebraska Nuclear Plant

. BROWNVILLE, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska utility is adding sandbags to the levee that protects its nuclear power plant along the swollen Missouri River. Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker told the Omaha World-Herald on Thursday that if the river hits the level of 45.5 feet (13.9 meters) projected by the National Weather…Read more »

Authorities Search For One Person Whose Vehicle Was Swept Away In Norfolk by Floodwaters

Flooding caused by a massive late-winter storm prompted evacuations in eastern Nebraska communities as authorities searched for one person whose vehicle was swept away by floodwaters. Norfolk Public Safety Director Shane Weidner says emergency crews responded early Thursday when a vehicle was swept off a local road. The missing individual had not been found by…Read more »