FEMA grants in action in Dannebrog

DANNEBROG, Neb. (KSNB) - The road to recovery is ongoing for many Nebraskans after the historic floods, but that road is a little less bumpy for one Dannebrog couple.

Linda and Glenn Mulbach's basement is now close to done after the walls caved in several months ago. (Source: Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

The floods damaged upwards of 60 homes in Dannebrog: Glenn and Linda Mulbach's home was one of them. They had several feet of water in their basement.

"We could still live in the house, because we have electric heaters. We have a gas stove so we could eat. It was alright," Glenn Mulbach said.

Two weeks later, the walls in their basement caved in. Neighbors and volunteers went out to help remove the mud and fallen bricks from the basement back in April.

Work is still being done on their basement several months later.

"If we get depressed about how long its taken we think about the people that are far worse off than us and we don't feel so bad," Linda Mulbach said.

Repairs cost about $25,000. The Mulbach's applied for several grants and loans. They received a FEMA grant, which paid for a third of their expenses.

Now the basement is transformed. The walls are up and new block is plastered in. They also have new water and sewer lines.

"It was a godsend. Very much a godsend. Don't be afraid to apply to FEMA. Go for it," Glenn Mulbach said. "If somebody says something about a grant look into it," Linda Mulbach said.

The rest of the town still has some work to do. A few roads are still closed for repairs, and crews are working on bridges.

"Dannebrog has done all it can initially to get people at least living back, but as far as fixing flood damage and house damage and all of that it's going to be a continual process. It may last up to five years," said Lori Larsen, town liaison.

This Wednesday is the final day you can apply for federal disaster assistance.

You can do so online by going to https://www.disasterassistance.gov/.

If you don't apply by the deadline, you cant get any federal aid even if problems pop up down the road.