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

March 20, 2019
Flood waters have started to recede in eastern Nebraska. In its wake there’s plenty of relief work to be done. In Fremont, volunteers have set up an extensive donation center.“We’re coming over here because the next thing we need is wash cloths and... more››

March 19, 2019
Repairing flood damage may force the state of Nebraska to dip further into its cash reserve, or cut spending on schools and other programs, the chair of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee said Tuesday. And senators debated paid family leave... more››

March 19, 2019
Historic floods have devastated large swaths of central and eastern Nebraska, including many farms. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has announced a hotline for farmers in need of help and for people looking to provide support.  Allison... more››

March 17, 2019
Severe flooding across central and eastern Nebraska has forced evacuations leaving more than 600 people in shelters. Rivers could still crest in certain areas in the next few days.The Missouri River flooded Offutt Air Force Base, with about one-... more››

March 16, 2019
Historic flooding continues in central and eastern Nebraska today. As of Friday night 53 Nebraska counties were under emergency declarations.The scene in Nebraska City along the Missouri River is deceptively peaceful. Nancy Pietzyk watched 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››