2019 Flood Info
*Items in yellow are important information!
PRESS RELEASE 9/10/19
NEWS RELEASE – 8/27/2019
FEMA Offers Free Repair, Rebuild Information Sessions at Local Stores
The Home Depot
911 Aleen Drive, Grand Island, NE 68803
9 am – 6:30 pm, August 28 – Sept 1
NEW FLOOD INFO – 8/2019
Community Disaster Advocate – Heartland Disaster Recovery Group
- Part or Full Time
- Grant funded for 1 year with possible extension
- Requires evenings and weekends
- Bachelor Degree and experience working one on one with clients preferred
LINCOLN, Neb. – There is less than a week remaining for survivors to register for disaster assistance after the winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding in March. The deadline to apply is June 19, 2019 for both the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) individual assistance grants and the low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
FEMA disaster grants for qualified homeowners and renters may help pay for basic repairs to make a home habitable, provide temporary rental assistance and provide assistance for serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
After registering for disaster assistance with FEMA, survivors may be referred to the SBA to apply for a low-interest disaster loan. SBA disaster loans provide the largest source of long-term federal disaster recovery funds for homeowners, renters, business owners and private nonprofits.
There are multiple ways to register:
- Online, visit DisasterAssistance.gov.
- On a smart phone, download the FEMA app and click on “disaster resources,” then “apply for assistance online.”
- By phone, call FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
The deadline for local governments, tribal nations and nonprofit organizations, such as houses of worship, to register for FEMA Public Assistance is June 20, 2019. FEMA reimburses eligible applicants for the eligible costs for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair or restoration of disaster-damaged public buildings. The program also encourages mitigation measures to protect these damaged facilities from future natural disasters.
For any SBA disaster assistance questions or application information, residents and businesses can visit SBA.gov/disaster, call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, or email [email protected], or 800-877-8339 (TTY).
For more information on Nebraska’s disaster recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4420
Renters in Nebraska counties and tribal areas whose homes and property were damaged by the March severe winder storms, straight-line winds and flooding may be eligible for federal disaster assistance.
The Elks Lodge established a Nebraska Elks Disaster Relief Fund for flood victims. If you know anyone affected by the recent floods please share. Request is not limited to Elk members but they will be given priority.
FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center in Wood River will close on May 2. Don’t miss your opportunity to register in person and/or get your questions answered regarding your Disaster Assistance Application. . If you were affected by the flood in any way you qualify for some assistance. Yes, there are forms and applications to fill out. And then there are more forms and applications to fill out. It is worth doing!!
If you received a letter from FEMA saying you are ineligible, ALWAYS FOLLOW UP WITH A PHONE CALL OR VISIT TO DRC. Many times, you are simply missing some sort of information and you can move forward. So, a denial letter may not be the final word on your application.
Take note: FEMA may (or has) turn you down the first time. They will recommend you to SBA for a low interest loan. DO THIS LOAN PROCESS then appeal FEMA’s refusal. Most likely FEMA is looking for this information they wanted the first time. If FEMA accepts you, take the FEMA offer but you do NOT NEED TO ACCEPT THE LOAN. You can turn down the loan and still get a FEMA grant.
EVERYONE, YES, EVERYONE needs to be talking to FEMA. They only had 80 people in their office this last 3 weeks, when we know that 380 houses were affected in one way or another. Don’t let this opportunity get by you if you can use the help.
The DRC is open Monday thru Saturday, 9am – 6pm at the Wood River City Hall, 108 W. 10th St. in Wood River. Don’t miss your chance to get answers and information face to face.
Even if you can’t visit the DRC, you can always get help thru FEMA’s toll-free Disaster Assistance line at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). Telephone registration is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time seven days a week.
Realtors Relief Foundation
Application deadline is June 15, 2019
HGI Realty of Wood River is making all flood victims aware of a flood relief grant now available from the Nebraska Realtors Association, which they’re a member of. This grant is available to homeowners and residential tenants who were victims of flood damage this spring.
Grants are available, up to a $1000 limit. Applicants need to complete an application (available through the below link), documenting the damage that they incurred from flooding.
Personal property of tenants may be included. However, if the tenant has vacated their rental property, their lease is considered terminated and they would not qualify for consideration.
There is a total of $500,000 available for these grants, in the State of Nebraska. The deadline for application is June 15, 2019.
Please help spread the word on this grant program!
They are still here in Wood River. If you need help please go up and talk to them. If you have been denied and want to do an appeal go talk to them. It’s so much easier to do it face to face than on the phone. Get the help you need!!
State of Nebraska and FEMA Will Open a Disaster Recovery Center in Hall County
LINCOLN, Neb. – The State of Nebraska and FEMA will open a Disaster Recovery Center in Hall County.
Center location and hours:
Wood River City Clerk
108 W. 10th St.
Wood River, NE 68883
Opens April 19
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT
Centers are operating in several other locations; survivors can visit any open center. To find locations, go online to FEMA.gov/DRC or call the Disaster Assistance Helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
This is Nebraska regarding the availability of housing programs for rural communities. USDA Rural Development in Nebraska has received a federal allocation of almost $119 million in Fiscal Year 2019 to assist rural communities with their housing needs.
Attached are fact sheets with a summary of our housing programs for home purchase and repairs. These programs are also available to assist families that have been impacted by the recent disaster and to help replace and repair homes lost to the flooding.
Website: www.rd.usda.gov/ne and click on the Key Programs for Single Family Housing
Single Family Housing (SFH) Rural Housing Programs –Well built, affordable housing is essential to the vitality of rural communities. Our Rural Housing Programs give families and individuals the opportunity to buy, build, repair, and own safe and affordable homes.
- Our programs provide home loans with 100% financing and no down payment is required. No other program provides 100% financing, with exception of VA to qualified veterans
- All communities in Nebraska are eligible for housing programs with the exceptions of Fremont, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha and South Sioux City/Dakota City.
- Provides financing to assist in meeting demands of work force housing to support jobs in rural communities
- Eligibility for these loans, loan guarantees and grants are based on family income and varies according to the average median income for each county.
- Guarantee Program (Home Purchase) – Moderate Income (115% of median)
*1-4 Person household $82,700 – $93,850; 5-8 person $109,150 – $123,900
- Direct Program (Home Purchase) –Very Low and Low Income (50%-80% of median)
**1-4 Person household $54,400 – $65,300; 5-8 person $71,800 – $86,200
- Direct Program (Home Repair) – Very Low Income (50% of Median)
***1-4 Person household $34,000 – $40,800; 5-8 person $44,900 – $53,900
Guarantee Rural Housing (GRH) Home Ownership program Highlights – 100% FINANCING
Loans made by Approved Lenders – an approved lender list is available on the Nebraska Rural Development website at www.rd.usda.gov/ne and click on Single Family Housing Guarantee Loan Program under the KEY PROGRAMS
GRH Program is Budget neutral – does not require taxpayer dollars to fund program
DIRECT Home Ownership Program Highlights – 100% FINANCING
Affordable rates below market rates (currently 3.50%). Subsidy available to as low as 1% to qualified applicants
**Low and Very Low income households
Mortgage Limits $195,000 – $215,000 depending on county
DIRECT Home Repair Loans and Grants
Loans – Up to $20,000 available at 1% interest rate amortized over 20 years
Grants – $7,500 lifetime grant assistance to remove health and safety hazards – must be unable to afford loan – elderly families (62 yrs age or older)
***Very Low income
We want to help families in YOUR COMMUNITY to become homeowners and invest in the community or assist current homeowners with needed home repairs.
Who are we serving in Nebraska (2018 statistics):
Served 79 counties
Approximately 90% first time homeowners
Approximately 64% moderate income; 36% low/very low income
Approximately 16% minority populations
During the past 5 Fiscal Years, through SFH programs, we have assisted 5,369 rural Nebraska families for home ownership and home repairs to households that are unable to obtain conventional financing. We have invested almost $538.3 million in rural Nebraska communities for home ownership and repairs. Help us keep these federal funds in Nebraska to assist your communities.
Disaster SNAP Benefit Application Site
Applications accepted April 17-19 AND April 22-25, 2019
9:00 a.m. –6:00 p.m.
Wood River Fire Hall
410 Green Street
WOOD RIVER, NE
You may qualify for D-SNAP if you have suffered one or more of the following disaster-related expenses:
Home or business repairs
Temporary shelter expenses
Evacuation or relocation expenses
Home or business protection
Disaster-related personal injury, including funeral expenses
Lost or no access to income due to the disaster, including reduced termination or delayed receipt or income, for a large part of the benefit periodIn some cases, food loss after ta disaster, like flooding or power outages
Eligibility is based on: DHHS official will determine eligibility based on available income, minus unreimbursed disaster related expenses. All resources except cash on hand and in back accounts will be excluded from the eligibility determination.
HOJA DE DATOS DE LA AGENCIA FEDERAL PARA
Red Cross Assistance Registration in Wood River
Asistencia de Cruz Roja La registracion en Wood River
WHO: Primary, pre-disaster residence was located in one of the impacted zip codes in Nebraska (proof that the applicant is the legal owner or lessee of the residence is required); and Primary, pre-disaster residence was destroyed or sustained major damage from the 2019 Nebraska Flood as verified by the American Red Cross.
WHERE: City of Wood River – Council Chambers, 108th West 10th Street, Wood River, Nebraska
WHEN: Monday, April 15, 2019 (12 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
FEMA Damage Assessment Representatives will be going door to door starting Saturday, April 13th. They will have proper identification and don’t be afraid to ask for it. They are just assessing damages and will not be asking for any personal information.
If you applied for assistance from FEMA, you will receive a letter in the mail or via email that explains the status of your application and how to respond. It is important to read the letter carefully. Your letter will include the amount of any assistance FEMA may provide and information on the appropriate use of disaster assistance funds.
You may need to submit additional information for FEMA to continue to process your application.
If you have questions about the letter, you may go online to DisasterAssistance.gov; call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY); or visit a disaster recovery center. To find center locations and hours, go online to FEMA.gov/DRC or download the FEMA mobile app.
Those looking for a referral from the fire department to fill out assistant forms can use Jenie Maloney’s (president of WRFD). [email protected] / 308.380.3900
Central Nebraska Humane Society will be handing out FREE dog and cat food.
They have a lot of donated food given to them for fur flood victims.
Come to the City Hall 108 W. 10th Street on Wednesday, April 17th from 5-7.
*Hall County Extension has Moisture Meters available to check out.
Call (308) 385-5088 or stop by the office at 3180 W Highway 34 (College Park building), Grand Island NE, 68801. Office hours are M-F, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, CT.
Use Moisture Meters to Determine When Structures are Dried Out and Ready for Rebuilding
Nebraska Extension is pleased to have moisture meters available for homeowners to borrow from local Extension offices as they monitor structures for moisture levels prior to rebuilding. The moisture level of structures cannot be determined by appearance or time spent drying. A calibrated moisture meter is recommended to measure the moisture content of flooded materials.
Before drywall, paneling or other coverings are installed, wood should have a moisture content of less than 15 percent— less than 13 percent provides a margin for testing error. Homeowners are cautioned to ensure that their home is dry enough to rebuild. It’s common for homeowners to discover large amounts of mold in walls months after a flood because they didn’t wait for the structure to dry out before rebuilding.
Take readings with a pin type meter at various locations in both the middle and edges of wood studs, bottom plates, wall sheathing and subflooring. Note that treated woods (bottom plates) can produce false readings on some meters.
Note that a flooded concrete slab readily absorbs water. A wet slab can lead to flooring failure and rewetting of wood framing. The pin type moisture meter will only measure the surface moisture of concrete.
For severe flooding, homeowners might want to have a building inspector or a professional,
trustworthy contractor inspect the structure before rebuilding.
Jill Schmidt from the Geneva Chamber of Commerce has a group of kids that want to do some service work and help their neighbors. If there is something they can do to help on Friday the 19th, please contact the clerk at 583-2066 and let her know so she can get a work list together
We have a couple of church groups that will be in town this weekend and are looking for cleanup work to do. If you have something you need help with, contact the clerk at 583-2066 and let them know so they can get a work list together.
Don’t forget to check out your air conditioners too. The Fire Dept. does not want to be responding to fires due to the lack of inspections or replacement of Hot Water heaters, Furnaces, Air Condition units, electrical/fuse boxes, etc. damaged by the flood. Prevent it now. Your safety is our concern.
There are 3 valuable links below that can assist you with any one or all of the above mentioned. FEMA app., The Grand Island Community Foundation & the Heartland United Way/Red Cross/Salvation Army.
Heartland United Way/Red Cross/Salvation Army
- Attached you will find an application for flood-related assistance. People can
- 1) fill it out, save it, and email it to me at [email protected] or 2) print it out, fill it out and get it to our office. We can also get paper copies to you – let me know.
What: The Heartland United Way & Salvation Army & Central District Health Department (CDHD) > Application Assistance + Financial Assistance.
When: Thursday, April 4th, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Where: Wood River Community Center,108 W. 10th Street
The GICF will be in Wood River at the community center on Wednesday April 3rd from 1:00 to 4:30 to help fill out applications for flood relief. If you would like assistance please contact. [email protected] to set up an appointment
The Grand Island Community Foundation is offering grants to those that in greater need of help due to the flood. http://www.gicf.org/grants/central-nebraska-relief-fund
The Wood River Resource center has closed down. BUT if you still need supplies, many things are available at 1028 S. Adams St. in Grand Island. These will be many of the same items that we had in Wood River; cleaning supplies, mops, brooms, etc. They have been donated by the Cajun Navy. If you have trouble finding it, please call Becca @ 308-370-9136.
All Wood River residents should fill out the Individual Assistance form. Please go to https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ and fill out their form. Or call 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA). Everyone needs to do this whether you had MAJOR damage or MINIMAL. They will give you a 9 digit number you will need to keep. DO NOT LOOSE! These numbers will determine the amount we will be given (if given – and it’s looking positive). FEMA, NEMA & SBA, along with a few other individuals, toured the city and assessed the damage from the flood. This is your tax dollars at work. Let’s do our part to help ourselves out. The forms we had you fill out the past few days REALLY Helped! Thank you to those that did them.
SOME FYI: Do not use the zip code. Use the “apply online” link. ALSO, if you did a form and it show INCOMPLETE or PENDING, CALL it in. They will complete the application for you. They can not keep up with follow up calls to get all of these completed, but will if you call in. Thanks everyone! You are all doing a great job!
The Nebraska Energy Office is offering emergency assistance funds to qualifying flood victims for hvac/water heaters replacements. There is an application process. Interested individuals should contact Sharon at the Central Nebraska Community Action Program (308)745-0780.
Basement spraying services-contact Mike @ MDM Pest & Terminate Control-will do a fungicide spraying. Offering a 30% discount to flood victims. Call (308)383-4211
Wednesday, March 27th is last day for dumpsters. Have your stuff here by 8:00 am. No TIRES.
Last call for cornstalks. If you have any that needed raked up or picked up, contact the city offices by Thursday morning.
|Anyone and Everyone that did any type of work – home owners, volunteers, family members need to turn in a their hours they provided in clean up. Hours that were recorded on a tag doesn’t need to be listed. Just write on a paper your name, est. hours (aim high), date and what type of work. Take this up to the city hall and we will get it recorded. It all helps if we want to get individual Federal help. We have to show the need. You can use this form: https://forms.gle/oYu1A7h18q9mc6nQA
Also an estimate of property damages. We don’t need a itemized list, but an est. of property loss. Just a name, address and dollar amount. You can use this form: https://forms.gle/6ZjCAA5iXz9WSYHm6
Do your part in getting the help you all deserve.
The resource center up at the high school will be closing this Wednesday @ 5 p.m. If you still are in need of something now is the time to get it. There is also going to be another truck of supplies coming in today that we couldn’t get stopped. Open until 8 today.
Roads in Hall County that are still impassable.
Hall County City of Map of Road Closures
First Presb. Church from Hastings is interested in helping install sheetrock for those who are ready (demo complete, sanitized and dry-supplies on site). You will have to provide your own materials. They will provide the labor.
They would like to be here Saturday-Sunday March 30-31, and Saturday-Sunday April 6-7.
Interested persons, please contact Holly at the Clerk’s office before Wednesday, March 27th so I can let them know what interest we have. [email protected]
Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership has a Weatherization program that has some federal funds for repair or replacement of furnaces to eligible homeowners. Anyone interested in learning more should contact CNCAP directly at 308-745-0780. Ask for Sharon at extension 111 or Larry at extension 107.
If you are calling in for information regarding repair and replacement…anyone must go through the application process to determine eligibility. If you don’t qualify there is still a possibility through DHHS up to $750.00 They can’t do the work BEFORE an inspection and verification are completed. Just letting you know the process