Join NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR Stations, at the Peru State College Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21 for a panel discussion on Nebraska’s flood recovery efforts.
Local leaders will discuss ongoing recovery efforts one year after devastating flooding hit the area.
Panelists include Peru State College President Dan Hanson, Matt Krajewski of the Army Corps of Engineers, Peru Mayor Dave Pease and Nemaha County Emergency Manager Renee Critser. The public is invited to attend this free event and ask questions.
The discussions will be recorded and included in an episode of the NET News series “Speaking of Nebraska,” airing at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 19 on NET.
On Wednesday, January 29, several local citizens testified to Nebraska lawmakers about the devastation caused by last year’s flooding.
Falls City Chamber of Commerce Director, Amber Holle testified before lawmakers telling them of Falls City businesses who struggled because customers couldn’t get across the river. She also told lawmakers about local families that had to split up due to school and work obligations and no bridges to cross the Missouri River for hundreds of miles.
Peru State college president, Dan Hanson discussed the multimillion-dollar price tags that Peru faces repairing their sewer and water systems.
Holle and Hanson testified in favor of Legislative Resolution 288, which would ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make flood control along the Missouri River a top priority.
Senator Julie Slama introduced the measure demanding that the Army Corps of Engineers ‘do their job.’
“These floods are killing people, destroying livelihoods, and wrecking homes. Each flood is a hit to local economies, destroys roads, and forces an outward migration from impacted communities. There’s a sense of apathy amongst those with the power to do something, so it’s up to us to refuse to accept this as “the new normal,” said Senator Slama.
Bill LR-288 reported to the Legislature for further consideration.