Gov. Ricketts says emergency crews have been dispatched to areas affected by storm

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    With the amount of rain, snow, and winds that have caused flooding all across Nebraska, Governor Pete Ricketts says they are monitoring the situation with different emergency service agencies.

    He issued a disaster declaration earlier on Tuesday ahead of the storm to help Nebraskans across the state prepare.

    Ricketts arrived Thursday morning in Grand Island for the Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, cautioning people to stay off the roads especially where they are covered by flood waters.

    He says the Nebraska State Patrol has been dispatched to Norfolk and O’Neill to help with evacuations while the Nebraska National Guard helps haul sandbags across the state.

    He says they rely heavily on local emergency managers to be the eyes on the ground to help provide the assistance needed.

    "We are relying on emergency managers locally to tell us what they need, but we do expect the severe weather and the flooding that's going along with it to last for the next several days. For example, we probably won't hit the peak in places in southeast Nebraska until Saturday or Sunday or potentially even Monday," says Ricketts.

    Although it’s still too early to know what the damage is across the state, he says their focus is on assistance and recovery, but will start working with local communities to make the decision on a request of federal disaster funding.

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