LINCOLN – An initiative launched Monday afternoon by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore will recognize Nebraska’s flood heroes.
This campaign will showcase the heroes for their extraordinary acts of bravery in service for their communities.
According to a release from the Governor’s office, as the state prepares to honor Nebraskans for their remarkable service, the Governor and First Lady invite Nebraskans to nominate a hero online by visiting www.nebraskaimpact.com/flood-heroes.
Governor Ricketts stated, “Nebraskans across our state displayed inspiring courage during March’s natural disaster, and in some cases their actions saved lives.”
The two are asking Nebraskans to share stories of selfless service and heroic deeds so that the men and women who put their families and communities first can be honored.
Nebraskans rose to the challenge to protect their families and assist their neighbors during the most widespread natural disaster in state history.
First Lady Shore added, “many worked overtime, risked their personal safety, and generously contributed their time and money to give aid to their communities. We look forward to hearing stories of the heroes in our midst. We also want to give them official recognition for their service to our state.”
Flood hero (#FloodHero) nominations will be reviewed and honorees will be selected and receive recognition later this year.
The bomb cyclone that struck Nebraska in March, followed by heavy rainstorms and rapid snowmelt, caused severe flooding in much of the state. Due to the impacts of the extreme weather, 81 counties and 104 cities throughout Nebraska issued disaster declarations.
During the floods, first responders, firefighters, police officers, state troopers, the Nebraska National Guard, the Nebraska Department of Transportation and thousands of private citizens worked tirelessly to ensure public safety, protect property and provide relief to flood victims.