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Nebraska Department of Agriculture estimates agriculture loss as state begins to transition into recovery mode

Nebraska (KTIV) – Thursday is Day 9 of flooding that has hit the tri-state area causing damage to hundreds of communities.

In Nebraska, blizzard and flooding conditions have hit 93 cities, 79 counties, four tribal areas, and five additional unincorporated areas.

One of the biggest hit industries has been agriculture as farms and ranches utilize 91 percent of the state’s total land area, according to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA).

The NDA estimates Nebraska has suffered $400 million of livestock damage and an additional $440 Million of crop loss.

Jim Macy, Director of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, says many state agencies are working side by side to help Nebraska Residents pick up the pieces.

“So it’s a huge effort, many many hands are working together side by side to get us through this emergency phase and into recovery phase and trying to stand up operations to try to get life back to normal,” said Macy.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture says the most requested item to help with relief as they head into the recovery phase is feed for livestock and some of which remains isolated or unreachable due to the flood waters.

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