Storm Damage Expected to Surpass $20 Million
OMAHA (KPTM)- Several cities across the state are still picking up after Sunday's storm and Nebraska Emergency Management is focusing on debris management in Beaver Crossing and other cities that were hit."Conservatively, we will surpass $20 million in cost due to damage from the May 11th storm," said Earl Imler, response and recovery section supervisor for NEMA said. "Damage to power lines was extensive and that is one reason the numbers are that high." The Nebraska Resources Accountability Team is on scene to register responders and volunteers working on the scene. The agency provides check in and identification for resources at a disaster. The team has 1,300 volunteers, responders and equipment to assist in the recovery efforts at Beaver Crossing, Sutton and Utica. The American Red Cross says 10 homes were destroyed in the storm and more than 150 homes having some damage. An Emergency Volunteer Center will be set up Wednesday at the Old Gymnasium in Utica. For those interested in volunteering, please bring or wear the following:The State Fire Marshal's Office has inspected buildings and recommended that people not enter due to safety concern. In some cases, insurance companies will need to get structural engineers in to evaluate whether buildings are safe to enter for cleanup.