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.

latest news

July 29, 2019
The long term agricultural impacts of flooding in south-central Nebraska remain unknown. A local expert said farmers in the area won’t be able to tell until harvest.Flash flooding in the Kearney area three weeks ago left many farmers with standing... more››

July 23, 2019
Residents in Boyd County are still without running drinking water. The reconstruction of the pipeline underneath the Niobrara River, which would usually supply drinking water, is two months overdue.The Spencer Dam broke in mid-March, taking the... more››

July 23, 2019
July and early August is county fair season. A number of fairgrounds across Nebraska, though, were damaged during record flooding this spring. The Cedar County Fairgrounds in Hartington, Nebraska, sustained a lot of damage in March, losing a... more››

July 11, 2019
In south central Nebraska, water from heavy rain earlier this week is causing several rivers to rise. Kearney is still drying out from almost ten inches of rain, and now communities along the Wood River are bracing for the possibility of high water... more››

July 11, 2019
Flooding in south-central Nebraska continued to move downstream today. As the water moves east from Kearney to Grand Island, farmers are left to wait to see the impacts of the latest floods. For most of them, the effects are unknown. Sarah Sivits,... 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››