Gov. Heineman Reminds Nebraskans to Fly Flags at Half-Staff for Patriot Day
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 08:13
In anticipation of an expected Presidential Proclamation, Gov. Dave Heineman is directing that flags at all state buildings and facilities be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, Sept. 11 in observance of Patriot Day.
“I hope all Nebraskans join me in remembering those we lost on September 11, 2001 and in honoring their sacrifices. As Americans, we are the envy of many throughout the world. We must always appreciate our freedoms,” Heineman commented.
The Patriot Day remembrance honors the victims lost in the 2001 terrorist strikes in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Nebraska residents are encouraged to fly flags at half-staff in recognition of Patriot Day.
South Dakota's governor has ordered flags flown at half-staff Thursday, the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States. Gov. Dennis Daugaard asks that the flags remain at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset Thursday. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the attacks. Sept. 11 has been designated as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Nebraska and Iowa Storms Flood Some Roadways
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 08:11
Heavy rainfall has caused flooding and power outages in parts of Nebraska and Iowa, with winds bringing down tree limbs and stormwater stranding motorists.
Omaha firefighters say a woman and three children had to be rescued from a minivan that became trapped under an overpass on Tuesday, September 9th. In some places, manhole covers popped off because the runoff overwhelmed storm sewers.
More than 1,300 Omaha Public Power District customers were without electricity for a time on Tuesday night. For about half an hour, the Douglas County 911 system didn’t work properly.
Water covered roadways in both states, including Iowa Highway 92 near Beacon.
County emergency management coordinator Jo Anne Duckworth says up to 4 inches of rain fell in 45 minutes in the southern side of Iowa’s Union County.