Flooding 3.5

In November 2019, the Dawson County Recovery Group (DCRG) was formed in response to those who had experienced flooding in the area earlier in the year. Dawson County residents who suffered losses from that July flooding may be able to get some financial assistance from the recovery group.

Members of this group include Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska, Lexington Area United Way, Dawson Area Development, Two Rivers Public Health, Dawson County Emergency Management, Lexington Community Foundation, and Region 2 Behavioral Health. Additional support is being given by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and a FEMA liaison as well.

In January the funding was secured by the DCRG to hire two part-time disaster advocates to serve the Dawson County area. Along with salary funds, the group was able to secure additional money to go toward reimbursing flood damage costs.

Dawson County residents who experienced losses during the July 2019 flooding are asked to complete a short survey online to assist the recovery group in collecting information. That information will be used to apply for funding for individual assistance. The survey can be found at consultinglhd.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV.

Individuals who reported damages at the One Stop held in Lexington on July 18, 2019 should expect to receive a text or a call at the phone number that they reported. This will be a follow up contact to see how folks are doing with repairs and if they qualify for other available programs. Assistance will be available to help eligible individuals fill out applications for weatherization services and/or furnace replacement or repair. The disaster advocates will also be available to assist individuals with the appeal application and process of a FEMA decision.

In order to be eligible to receive disaster relief funds, residents will be required to fill out a short application and must present the following information: invoices for costs incurred from flooding, a form of identification and proof of residency in Dawson County (utility bill, bank statement, or ID with current address). The amount each household may receive is dependent on the total number of people who respond with needed proof of cost.

For further information or questions about the Dawson County Recovery Group, please contact Daniel Penaflor at 308-746-3685 or Jessica Fagot at 308-217-2053.