Photos: Tornado damage in Wayne
LINCOLN — Gov. Dave Heineman has signed an emergency declaration due to the damage left by tornadoes in northeast Nebraska and a blizzard in the northwest corner of the state.
“The damaged suffered in our communities as a result of the severe winter storm and tornadoes is extensive,” Gov. Dave Heineman said in a press release Monday.
The governor said he has asked Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann and Al Berndt of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency to travel to the state's Panhandle region Tuesday to continue work with local officials on recovery issues.
Heineman toured the Wayne, Neb., area over the weekend after it suffered extensive tornado damage on Friday night.
In northwest Nebraska, preliminary reports indicate heavy tree damage and power lines down along the U.S. 20 corridor from Rushville to Harrison, especially in the communities of Chadron and Crawford.
In addition, initial reports from local ranchers indicate heavy cattle losses, though there are no confirmed numbers on cattle loss at this point.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality are working with NEMA on the situation, the governor's office reported.