As we near the one-year anniversary of the bomb cyclone that left parts of Nebraska and neighboring states awash in destruction, there are still more than 1,000 households in Sarpy County struggling from the floods.
Jeff Weaver, who heads the Sarpy County Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group, said the number of families in need might be greater.
Weaver is a minister who formerly was helping families in crisis immediately after the March 2019 flooding. Now, he is trying to bring together resources and assets to help fill funding and resource gaps for the families.
“Many of these families are still struggling,” Weaver said. “They have been without their homes for almost a year.”
“Many need affordable housing, food and clothing. Most government aid is exhausted. That is why we are grateful for the Rebuild the Heartland movement,” Weaver added. Keeping the need in the public eye is vital so we can get additional financial support for the long-term recovery of families and the community.”
Sarpy County Long-Term Disaster Recovery continues to assess the needs of flood victims. The group is offering a survey for victims on its website Sarpy County Long-Term Disaster Recovery, and its Facebook page. “We encourage anyone needing flood relief in Sarpy County to visit these sites, fill out the survey, call or email us their questions,” Weaver said.
The group also is working with Lift Up Sarpy County and other relief nonprofits to provide for these critical needs and avoid duplication of services. Contributions are tax deductible and will go directly to the household needs. To make a donation to Sarpy County Disaster Recovery, call 402-885-8589.
“The additional assistance will be a huge stress reliever for these families, and we encourage people to contribute to as many flood-related nonprofit efforts as they can,” Weaver added.
Rebuild the Heartland is helping flooded communities rebuild through grants. However, the need and support efforts are so massive, it is being used as a hub to ensure the long-term success of nonprofit partners in the relief effort for Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.