Nebraska Floods

Recovery and Rebuilding

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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.

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March 22, 2019
More than a week after flooding began in eastern Nebraska, local schools are still feeling the impact. Some districts are back to class, while others are closed.Cedar Bluffs public schools are back in session as of Thursday. They closed down... more››


March 22, 2019
Many Nebraskans are still assessing flood damage and part of that process will be to go through family pictures and other heirlooms, things like books and old clothing, soaked by flood water. NET’s Jack Williams spoke with Randy Silverman, the head... more››


March 21, 2019
Like many communities across Nebraska, Plattsmouth – on the Missouri River, about 20 miles south of Omaha – was hit hard by flooding, which knocked out the city’s water and sewage treatment plants. Now, officials are grappling with how to repair... more››


March 21, 2019
Areas of far northeast Nebraska are just now getting an idea of the scope of damage after the massive flooding in that part of the state. Some residents are still out of their damaged homes and many others don’t have a reliable source for drinking... more››


March 20, 2019
On Wednesday, Nebraska Department of Transportation Director Kyle Schneweis said receding waters and the work of road crews have helped make significant progress in reopening major roads in the state.In total, Schneweis says over 2,000 miles of... more››


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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››