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

June 20, 2019
For many parts of Nebraska and the Midwest, rain in May and June has left farmers struggling to get their crops planted.National Weather Service data show May’s rainfall is well above average everywhere in the eastern part of Nebraska. In Falls... more››

June 20, 2019
During record flooding in March, Nebraskans counted on members of the media to deliver the news. Many residents turned to small local outlets to find out the facts. Some communities were somewhat isolated during the flooding and counted on local... more››

June 6, 2019
It’s been almost three months since massive flooding washed over parts of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri, but for many farmers, recovery has been slow. Continued wet weather and lingering high water has delayed planting for many growers who can’t... more››

June 3, 2019
The return of summer means the return of mosquitoes, ticks and other potentially harmful bugs.Spring flooding across Nebraska and the Midwest will only make the mosquitoes worse this summer.Ted Burk, Creighton biology professor, said mosquitoes... more››

June 3, 2019
Trade negotiations and flooding are taking a toll on the Midwest economy, according to one Nebraska economist.Ernie Goss, professor of economics at Creighton University, said potential tariffs on Mexican imports and the spring flooding are limiting... 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››