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.

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March 15, 2019
Airboats and helicopters are being used to rescue people and pets from widespread flooding in Nebraska.On a muddy roadside near Fremont, Nebraska Friday morning, Randi Richard kept an anxious eye on the cabin, maybe a hundred yards away, where her... more››

March 15, 2019
Flooding and blizzard conditions have battered much of the state as we approach the start of spring. Residents near Nebraska’s "Irish capital" of O’Neill received a heavy dose of rain and ice right in the middle of their normally warm St. Patrick’s... more››

March 14, 2019
Much of northeast Nebraska is under water today. Rising temperatures melted the ample snow on the ground in the region over the last couple days.Unlike some towns to its north, Ashland is not under an evacuation order. However, some citizens close... more››

March 11, 2019
Due to a significant amount of snowfall during the winter, the National Weather Service in Hastings is forecasting an above-average amount of flooding for parts of Nebraska this spring.The Spring Flood Outlook released by the NWS in Hastings points... 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››