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

April 10, 2019
The Food Bank of the Heartland will distribute over 5,000 pounds of food along with bottled water in Columbus to help those still recovering from the historic March floods.This Sunday, the mobile pantry of the Food Bank will travel to Columbus and... more››

April 9, 2019
Nebraskans whose houses were destroyed in recent flooding moved a step closer to getting a break on their property taxes Tuesday, as Sen. Ernie Chambers relented in his filibuster against the legislation.Currently, Nebraskans pay property taxes on... more››

April 5, 2019
A proposal to let Nebraskans whose homes were destroyed by flooding not pay property taxes on those homes looked like it had lots of support in the Legislature Friday. But Sen. Ernie Chambers held it up, saying lawmakers have not done enough to... more››

April 5, 2019
Among the many groups helping Nebraskans recover from flooding, one has a particularly interesting story. Made up of veterans, first responders, and civilians, Team Rubicon formed after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. They’ve been responding to... more››

April 4, 2019
The Federal Highway Administration issued a $25 million emergency-relief fund to Nebraska for repair efforts Thursday.Moe Jamshidi, deputy director of operations for the Nebraska Department of Transportation, said the relief fund will help the... 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››