NEAR BLAIR – Mandatory evacuations and an official disaster declaration are now in place for an area of Washington County near Blair.
The Washington County Sheriff’s office tweeted at 3:55PM Thursday the following declaration from the Washington County Board of Supervisors:
Washington county has suffered from a historic level flood that ocurred on March 12-15, 2019 causing severe damage to public and private property, disruption of utility service and endangerment of health and safety of the citizens of Washington County within the disaster area.
Therefore, the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors has declared a state of emergency authorized under Nebraska State Statute R.R.S. 81-829.50 on behalf of the County of Washington and will execute for and on behalf of the County of Washington, the expenditure of emergency funds from all available sources, the invoking of mutual aid agreements, and the applying to the State of Nebraska for assistance from the Governor’s Emergency Fund and any other resources he deems necessary in the fulfillment of his duties.
Part of this disaster declaration includes the mandatory evacuation of the following areas, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office: An area North of Blair, commonly referred to as “the bottoms” – all residents East of County Road 31; East of County Road P31 to County Road 10, East of County Road P33 South to County Road 18.
Deputies are going door to door to inform citizens in this effected area.