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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April 23, 2019
Nebraska farmers and ranchers hit hard by the recent bad weather have already been dealing with low commodity prices, trade tariffs and high property taxes. In a business that requires a lot of faith and hard work, it’s not easy for some operations... more››

April 19, 2019
Disaster recovery centers are opening in counties across Nebraska to talk with flood survivors and help with Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance for insurance, housing and damage claims.Currently, Nebraska and FEMA have partnered to... more››

April 19, 2019
Flooding last month damaged lots of homes and businesses. High waters also reached Offutt Air Force Base near Bellevue, where cleanup and rebuilding is expected to take quite some time. “We were driving boats over those fences and over that... more››

April 16, 2019
Nebraskans are still recovering from record flooding last month, but the risk of flooding isn’t over. Conditions throughout the spring and summer could lead to more damage.Several different factors led to last month’s record-breaking flooding in... more››

April 11, 2019
Floods last month were made worse by the warm temperatures of spring melting large amounts of snow all at once. While winter is having one more blast of snow this week, Nebraskans in the flood-affected area are looking towards the summer and how to... 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››