City Provides Update on April 26 Storm Response

Published on April 29, 2024

The City today provided an update regarding its response following the April 26 storm that damaged homes and businesses near Lincoln.

“Our team at the City of Lincoln immediately activated to support the surrounding communities following Friday’s severe weather events,” said Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird. “Our hearts go out to those who were impacted, and we remain available to support the ongoing response.”

Prior to the storms, City staff were dispatched to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Emergency Operations Center, including three Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) chiefs and one Lincoln Police Department (LPD) captain. Immediately after the storm passed, multiple City departments deployed support to the impacted communities.

In support of Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the Lincoln Police Department performed traffic control near Garner Industries, 98th and Highway 6, to help provide access for first responders. LPD also used its drone to assess damage at the Garner Industries site.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue and members of Nebraska Task Force 1, including two canines, searched for people trapped in a damaged Garner Industries building. LFR Emergency Medical Technicians transported one person from the site to the hospital. LFR also responded to two crashes on Interstate 80 in the Waverly area.

The Lincoln-Lancaster Health Department assigned two public health nurses to the Sandhills Global Event Center to provide assistance for people arriving from Garner Industries. Nurses were prepared to assist with any physical and/or mental health concerns.

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