Merrick County Ag by Steve Melvin

Topic of the week:

Current Flooding Situation.

Options for Disposal of Animal Carcasses after the Storm

Key Points

-          Special wavier regarding hauling carcasses – you do not need to be licensed to transport carcasses to site of disposal.

-          Executive Order No. 19-03(March 20, 2019)provides farmers and ranchers a “reasonable amount of time” to dispose of deceased livestock due to severe weather and flooding. This order supersedes the existing State of Nebraska regulation requiring mortality disposal within 36 hours of learning of the death of the animal.

-          List of land-fills accepting carcasses.

-          List of rendering services.

-          When burial is the method of carcass disposal, read depth requirements and easements from water, streams, dwellings, etc.


Free Legal Help for Low-Income Flood Survivors from Legal Aid of Nebraska 

All survivors of Nebraska’s flooding can get free and immediately useful information on our website:

Low-income Nebraskans can apply for direct legal representation two ways:

Nebraska Extension has Many Resources to Help Deal with Flooding

The recent storm that dropped heavy rain on snow laying over frozen ground resulted in severe flooding in the area. Nebraska Extension has many online and printed resources to help you deal with flood damage on the Nebraska Extension flood web site ( You are also welcome to call the Merrick County Extension Office at 308-946-3843.

Travel safely

Travel in many areas across the state has been impacted and many roads will take time to be repaired. Nebraska 511 ( (website and app) features information on road conditions, including closures and detours of most of the major highways in the state, however county roads are not included.

  • Do not go around barricades. They are in place for a reason.
  • Do not compromise your safety trying to get the best look or photo of a washed out road. It is not worth it.
  • Turn around, don’t drown! Do not drive or walk through flood waters. 

Your health and well-being matter

Your health and well-being is important, and dealing with flood damage is tough, especially when added to the ongoing economic challenges facing rural Nebraska. In addition, disaster recovery can take a long time. Ask for help if you need it. Also, keep an eye on those around you to see how they are dealing with the problems and encourage them to get help if they need it. Support or information on mental and behavioral health can be found at this site.

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithU to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

The Nebraska Rural Response Hotline is a vital resource for individuals and families who are feeling overwhelmed with stress, depression, or other mental health related issues. When a farmer, rancher, or rural resident calls the Hotline, they are connected to an experienced staff person who is equipped to assist callers, providing confidential information and assistance. No- cost counseling vouchers are also available for individuals in crisis who wish to seek further support through a mental health professional. Call the Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.

For your home – flooding resources

The following additional resources may be useful in determining your action plan as you consider your home.

Land-grant university partners

The land-grant university system is strong, and the University of Nebraska peer institutions in other states have great resources on disaster recovery as well. If you are looking for specific blizzard or flood recovery information, include “university” or “Extension” in your online search. There is plenty of research-based, vetted information at your fingertips.

Volunteer and donate responsibly

Nebraskans are known for their volunteer spirit and willingness to help neighbors. While many people have good intentions when it comes to giving time and resources after disaster, actions may not align with what is really needed by individuals and communities. Nebraska VOAD (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) members, of which Nebraska Extension is a part, are coordinating ways to support those in need. Please take some time to read and share this information: