Flood disaster declaration now official

A federal disaster declaration was signed by President Barack Obama last Thursday, July 15, for Boone County and 52 other Nebraska counties that sustained storm and flood damage in June, 2010.

The declaration allows the release of federal money to cover governmental expenses in cleanup and repair from the storms, but it does not extend to personal or business losses.

The state estimated that local governments sustained $20 million in weather-related damage.

Darrel Thorin, county highway superintendent, said Boone County will have expenses of at least $200,000 to repair the collapsed Pilot Knob Road Bridge south of Primrose, as well as costs for repair of bridge approaches, culverts, replacement of road gravel and scouring damage to bridge support pilings.

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