Governor Gives Update On Severe Weather Hitting The State

Governor Gives Update On Severe Weather Hitting The State

Governor Pete Ricketts and state agencies provided an update on the significant weather events impacting the State.

Gov Ricketts is advising Nebraskans around the state to watch the weather and waterways in their communities closely in the coming days, and be prepared for historic levels of flooding even if it has not hit their community yet.

He says conditions can change quickly, and everyone needs to be prepared.

Following an emergency declaration on Tuesday, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency has opened the State Emergency Operation Center in response to the weather-related conditions currently affecting the state.

NEMA officials and partner agencies are monitoring conditions, fielding calls from citizens and community partners, and providing information and resources to keep citizens safe.

Evacuations forced by flooding have occurred in several eastern Nebraska communities, as western Nebraska residents struggled with blizzard like conditions.

Officials report protective levees were topped or beached Wednesday in southwest Sarpy County and north of Pierce.

Wind gusts approaching 90 mph (144.8 kph) were reported in the Nebraska Panhandle.

Interstate 80 remains closed west of Kearney and mandatory evacuations are underway in Norfolk.