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 9, 2019
Up to nine inches of rain fell Monday night and Tuesday morning in some areas of south-central Nebraska, causing flash flooding.The National Weather Service in Hastings said the majority of the rainfall is over, but NWS is expecting as much as... more››

July 3, 2019
The deadline to apply for cover crop funding has been extended until July 19.Many farmers across Nebraska and the Midwest had to delay planting because a wet fall, spring and early summer left their land saturated and soggy. Some farmers didn’t... more››

July 2, 2019
It’s been more than three months since record floods swept through eastern Nebraska. In the process, water and ice damaged large sections of roads and bridges. The Nebraska Department of Transportation is still working to make repairs.“We’ve been... more››

June 25, 2019
The Nebraska Department of Transportation held the first of several flood recovery update meetings today.The Department of Transportation has been putting in a lot of work in the last few months to recover from spring flooding. They’re now holding... more››

June 20, 2019
Economic conditions in the Midwest and Nebraska improved from May to June, despite the region facing some hardships, according to one Nebraska economist.June’s Rural Mainstreet Index, which covers 10 Midwest states grew to 53.2 on the 100-point... 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››