Governor Declares Statewide Drought Emergency; Roadside Haying Starts

Governor Declares Statewide Drought Emergency; Roadside Haying Starts

July 3, 2012; updated July 5

July 5 Update: Governor adds 13 counties to list, allowing roadside haying July 5.  (See counties below.)

Gov. Dave Heineman on Monday declared a statewide drought emergency. This will allow state personnel and resources to assist with emergency situations and prevention and provide maximum flexibility to the state to deploy Nebraska National Guard and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency assets and resources as needed.

“This declaration is important for continued efforts of state officials to ensure the safety of Nebraskans,” Gov. Heineman said. “This action is necessary as dry conditions are presenting an imminent threat to the ability of local governments to respond to drought conditions."

With short pastures and reduced forage production due top drought, the Nebraska Department of Roads advanced the starting date for roadside haying from July 15 to July 3 in the following 55 counties:

Adams  Garden  Loup
Arthur  Garfield  McPherson
Banner  Gosper  Morrill
Blaine  Grant  Nuckolls
Boyd  Greeley  Pawnee
Box Butte  Harlan  Perkins
Brown  Hayes  Phelps
Chase  Hitchcock  Red Willow
Cherry  Holt  Richardson
Cheyenne  Hooker  Rock
Custer  Howard  Scotts Bluff
Dawes  Jefferson  Sheridan
Dawson  Kearney  Sherman
Deuel  Keith  Sioux
Dundy  Keya Paha  Thayer
Franklin  Kimball  Thomas
Furnas  Lincoln  Valley
Frontier  Logan  Webster
Added July 5
Antelope Dixon Madison
Boone Fillmore Nance
Buffalo Johnson Pierce
Cedar Knox Saline