Cornhusker Public Power District, Your Touchstone Energy Partner
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance Thursday by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Avoid Electrical Hazards During Floods
Beware of the Hidden Dangers of Flooding
Flood waters can also hold hidden dangers. Cornhusker Public Power District wants you to stay safe by being aware of and avoiding electrical hazards associated with flooding.
Electrical dangers do not recede with flood waters. Even when communities start to dry out, damaged electrical equipment is extremely dangerous.
- Do not stand in water to turn on or shut down electrical power. Never do projects or tasks involving electricity if you are wet or standing in water.
- Do not enter a flooded basement. Submerged outlets can energize water, making it dangerous to step in.
- If instructed to do so, turn off utilities at the main switch before evacuating. Unplug appliances and electronics. Do no re-enter your home until you are certain it is safe. Never turn on natural gas. Only professionals should turn on natural gas.
- Do not enter flood waters on foot or in boat. Flood waters hold unknown dangers. The water could be energized or could sweep you into electrical equipment. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
- Do not drive in flood waters. It is difficult to tell by sight how deep floodwaters are. It only takes 6 inches of water for your car to lose control and stall. Your car could be swept out of control and into electrical dangers. Accidents related to driving are the leading killer related to floods.
- If you see downed power lines or damaged equipment, stay away, warn others to stay away, and notify your utility.
- Replace appliances and electronics that are water damaged.
Visit SafeElectricity.org to learn more about electrical safety.
SCAM ALERT: There are recent reports of scammers trying to prey on flood victims and capitalize on the generosity of Nebraskans wishing to donate to help these victims.