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 29, 2019
While the fertility of most farmland in Nebraska will be relatively unaffected by the historic March flooding, soil experts with Nebraska Extension said it’s too early to tell the long-term outcomes of land exposed to large amounts of water.In a... more››

March 29, 2019
While flood waters recede in eastern Nebraska, some communities aren’t back to normal when it comes to drinking water. Just under two weeks ago the Missouri river levee breached near Peru, Nebraska, in Nemaha County. That meant the water treatment... more››

March 28, 2019
Recovery efforts continue in eastern Nebraska as flood waters recede. In Fremont, efforts are robust, including a donation center, shelter, and volunteer resource center. Shawn Shanahan is the executive director for the United Way in Fremont,... more››

March 27, 2019
During recent flooding in Nebraska, the US Geological Survey measured flooding along rivers and streams. That data is used by the National Weather Service and the Army Corps of Engineers to predict and control floods. Mike Andersen is a hydrologic... more››

March 25, 2019
Following the historic Nebraska floods, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis will begin accepting donations of hay bales for farmers and ranchers in need.The college is now accepting round and square hay bales of any size at... 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››