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United Way of the Kearney Area

The Kearney, Nebraska area has experienced more than its share of flooding over the past year. Not only was community impacted by the flooding of the Platte River that occurred in March 2019, it also experienced a second round of devastating flooding in July 2019. While the March flood primarily affected people near the Wood River, the July flooding touched the lives of hundreds more people in Kearney and surrounding areas. Many individuals simultaneously lost their jobs, their cars, and experienced major structure damage to their homes.

In the aftermath of the floods, the Kearney Area Disaster Recovery Group (KADRG), contacted more than 500 individuals to assess their immediate flood-related needs.  United Way of the Kearney Area is serving as a fiscal agent for the KADRG long-term recovery group.

After the needs assessment, a two-phase plan was put in place to help flood survivors. Phase I involved identifying the needs, and providing small direct assistance grants to those impacted. Phase II involves providing additional assistance and addressing the more significant housing needs, including mold remediation, furnace repair, new water wells, and foundation/basement repair.  Repairs of this nature are often required before families may safely return to their homes. 

The Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund recently awarded KADRG with a $75,000 grant in order to help impacted homeowners with costs for necessary repairs which are needed in order to return home and move forward with restoration.

“This grant is greatly appreciated.  Every dollar donated has been having tremendous impact and is helping restore hope to so many people in the communities of Buffalo County,” stated Brooke Johnson, KADRG Disaster Recovery Outreach Coordinator.