- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MACY, Neb. (AP) - The federal government has agreed to increase the amount of aid the Omaha Tribe will receive for the 2011 Missouri River flooding.

The aid was increased to 90 percent of the eligible costs from 75 percent after the tribe appealed. Omaha Tribal Chairman Vernon Miller says the change will mean an additional $2.4 million to help pay the roughly $12 million rebuilding costs.

Hundreds of thousands of acres of land were flooded along the Missouri River in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri in 2011 after massive amounts of water was released from upstream dams.

Miller says the flooding forced the closure of a casino that employed 181 people and the evacuation of 11 homes that had to be rebuilt. It also damaged farmland the tribe owned in Iowa and Nebraska.

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