Nebraska Floods

Recovery and Rebuilding


The impact of severe weather for several days in March in Nebraska will last for years. Flooding swept across the eastern half of the state, leaving hundreds homeless and destroying homes, businesses, farms, ranches and roads. NET News has been in the fields, beside the rivers and alongside the many relief workers and volunteers who are working to help the state recover and rebuild after the flood, telling their stories and the story of this difficult time for the state.

“Nebraska Floods” is a collection of our reporting on the efforts by the government, relief agencies, volunteers and your neighbors to reconstruct communities. These stories have been broadcast on NET, and a number of them on NPR, the PBS NewsHour and other national programs as well. Check back often and follow the journey with us as Nebraska prepares for life after the flood of 2019.

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October 4, 2019
Residents in Boyd County now have running drinking water after being without it for six months.The small county in northeast Nebraska lost its drinking water supply when the Spencer Dam collapsed and wiped out the pipeline below the Niobrara River... more››

October 4, 2019
Governor Pete Ricketts recently criticized the Army Corps of Engineer’s management of the Missouri River on his podcast. Those criticisms get at long-term priorities, but the Corps is also facing a short-term deadline to prepare the river for next... more››

October 3, 2019
It's been nearly seven months since a bomb cyclone in March caused devastating flooding across most of eastern Nebraska, and communities are still working on recovery efforts.On this week's episode of Speaking of Nebraska, we take a deeper look... more››

September 25, 2019
Six months out from historic flooding across eastern Nebraska, state agencies are working with the federal government on long-term recovery strategies and to find resources for Nebraska communities. Recovery still has a long way to go.Before... more››

September 17, 2019
Six months after the March floods in Nebraska, an Omaha-area artist is hoping her paintings of the devastation will help with recovery. “Impressions of a Midwest Flood” depicts more than a dozen landscapes before, during and after the floods. There... more››



PBS NewsHour
March 22, 2019
Ongoing flooding across the Midwest has left thousands of homes damaged and vast swaths of farmland underwater. Residents and public officials alike are trying to cope with washed-out roads, lost livestock, ruined crops, and a... more››
Morning Edition
March 22, 2019
NET's Fred Knapp talks about how local governments pick up a share of the cost of disaster relief, but most is paid for by the federal government. In Nebraska, some towns will scramble to pay their part after recent floods.
On Point
March 21, 2019
The national program On Point Radio focused on the Nebraska floods. The show included interviews with NET News reporter Bill Kelly and Jessica Macholan, who with her husband farms cattle, corn and soybeans in Butler County,... more››
Here & Now
March 20, 2019
Since 1953, Annette Bloom’s family has worked on the Morrow Bloom farm in Scotia, Nebraska. She lost 35 calves due to the flooding, right during the peak of her calving season.
All Things Considered
March 18, 2019
NET's Fred Knapp talks with Ailsa Chang about Nebraska flooding.
PBS NewsHour
March 18, 2019
Parts of the Midwest are reeling from major flooding this week due to a massive late-winter storm. Across Iowa and Nebraska, thousands of people had to be evacuated, roads and other infrastructure were destroyed and buildings... more››