SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. After recently issuing a state emergency declaration following the collapse of a major tunnel that transports water from Wyoming to Nebraska, Governor Pete Ricketts visits the Panhandle to see the canal failure first-hand.
It is currently cutting off 55,000 acres of farmland in Nebraska from getting the water needed for irrigation.
The tunnel is buried 150 feet down and it is half a mile long.
Governor Ricketts has discussed temporary fix plans with Governor Gordon and the irrigation districts.
They are also working alongside Risk Management.
Governor Ricketts asks the public to be patient as they fix this problem.
“Stay close to watching the situation,” said Governor Ricketts. “We are still working through a lot of the details regards to crops insurance coverage. We are looking to get this operating as quickly as possible but we don’t have a date yet for when that will be. We are hoping the temporary solution will be done more quickly but we don’t have a final date.”
For this to be considered a federal disaster, it has to meet the threshold for damage assessment.