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Flooding-Farmers, 3.22

More than 75 percent of Dave Eaton's farm near Union remains covered by Missouri River floodwater in late March.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency has set its briefings for Public Assistance Grant applicants the next two weeks.

The briefings are for state agencies, counties, cities, towns, sanitary improvement districts, public power districts, natural resources districts and their subdivisions that are public entities that experienced damage in this month's flooding.

"Attendance at an applicant briefing is strongly encouraged, as this is the first large disaster in Nebraska that will be administered through FEMA's Grants Portal platform," said Donny Christensen, recovery section manager.

Applicant briefing schedule:

* Monday, 9 a.m., Dodge County Courthouse, Fremont.

* Tuesday, 9 a.m., Frey Conference Center, Wayne State College, Wayne.

* Thursday, 9 a.m., Sarpy County Board Room, Papillion.

* April 8, 2 p.m., Hall County Emergency Management, Grand Island.

* April 10, 9 a.m., Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department, 3131 O St.

* April 12, 1 p.m., O'Neill (site TBD).

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Virtual applicant briefings for those unable to attend in person:

* April 5, 10 a.m.

* April 9, 10 a.m.

Those planning to attend one of the virtual applicant briefings will need to send an email to register to nema.publicassistance@nebraska.gov.

The public-assistance grants are not for homeowners, businesses or other private entities that experienced damage. Assistance for them will be through individual assistance declarations and the Small Business Administration.

As of Friday, the Small Business Administration had made more than 1,500 home loan referrals, more than 200 business loan referrals and 28 economic injury disaster loan referrals.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7214 or eclopton@journalstar.com.

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