For all affected by the recent historic flooding in Nebraska, please know that our thoughts are with you. Below are resources that might help you or someone you know through this difficult time.
Nebraska Extension is your trusted source for flood-related information. On this web page you will find resources to help families & individuals, homeowners, businesses & communities, and agriculture.
Much of eastern and central Nebraska suffered devastating flooding in March 2019. Much agricultural land, as well as agricultural, residential, industrial and commercial property has been damaged or destroyed. A 2019 bill just enacted— Legislative Bill 512—allows property owners suffering significant flood damage to have the 2019 property taxes on flood-damaged property lowered....read more.
“It’s important to wait until wood and other materials dry out before attempting to repair a flood-damaged home,” said Dave Varner, associate dean with Nebraska Extension. “Renovating too soon could trap moisture, leading to rotting and promoting the growth of mold.” Moisture meters have been distributed to extension offices throughout Nebraska and more are on the way. Homeowners wanting to borrow a meter are encouraged to contact their county office. Instructions for using the meter will be provided upon checkout. Meters are available to be checked out at the Nemaha County Extension Office (basement of the courthouse). Office hours are 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00-5:00 pm. We will provide instructions on how to use them that include YouTube videos.
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Fact Sheet: Potential Options for Removing Sand Deposited by Floods
- Wait for Better Conditions Before Heading Out On Wet Soils
- Addressing Harvest Ruts and Erosion Gullies
- Should Leases be Adjusted for Flood-Damaged Farm Ground?
- Growing Annual Forages to Replace Flood Losses
- Adjusting Pasture and Hay Ground Leases for 2019
- Recovering Flooded Pastures
- Thickening Alfalfa With Spring Cereals
- Grain Vacuum Services/Rentals/Supplies (key points for managing stored grain that may have been contaminated by flood waters)
- Disposal of Flood Soaked Grains & Forages (PDF, 5 pgs, 359 KB)
The Garden, Trees & Landscapes Flood Resources webpage provides resources for dealing with flood damaged trees, landscapes, lawns & gardens. Looking for information on helping a flood-damaged tree recover, recovering a flooded landscape, caring for flooded lawns, or flooded vegetable garden sites and food safety concerns . . . it's all here.
Flies & Mosquitos
Fly Issues After Flooding (PDF, 3 pgs, 979 KB) by David Boxler, Extension Educator, and Gary Brewer, Extension Specialist
Flooding and the 2019 Mosquito Season (PDF, 4 pgs,457 KB) by David Boxler, Extension Educator, and Gary Brewer, Extension Specialist
Other resources that might be of help:
- Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
- Nebraska Counseling, Outreach and Mental Health Therapy (COMHT) Program, 800-464-0258 - Offers no-cost vouchers for confidental mental health services for persons affected by the rural crisis.
- Nebraska Farm Houtline/Rural Response Hotline, 1-800-464-0258 The hotline offers access to many attorneys, financial advisors, professional counselors, mediators, clergy, and others. There are 167 behavioral health professionals working with the Rural Response Hotline.
- Coping with Stress During a Crisis
- Staying Connected During Tough Times (PDF, 1 pg, 510 KB)
- First Steps to Flood Recovery (Extension Disaster Education Network)
- Entering and Cleaning Up Flooded Homes - NebGuide (PDF, 4 pgs, 388 KB)
- Clean Up After the Flood Power Point - Kandace Fisher-McLean, University of Missouri Extension (PDF, 14 slides, 8.83 MB)
- Moisture & Mold Resources from North Dakota State University
"The Nebraska Disaster Resource Guide was developed with both public and private partners to aid Nebraskans personally recovering from disasters as well as those working to assist them,” said Governor Ricketts. “Navigating government agencies and a wide variety of community partners can seem overwhelming. The guide will help Nebraskans get connected to available resources more quickly.” The guide provides resource summaries, hotlines, and other contact information for more than two dozen community organizations as well as state and federal agencies involved in recovery assistance. It is available at: https://nema.nebraska.gov/sites/nema.nebraska.gov/files/doc/disaster-resource-guide.pdf
We understand that many of you want to assist with immediate relief and response to Nebraska flooding. The How Can I Help webpage provides some guidance to helping the people and communities affected.
Disaster Relief Hay & Fencing Information
The Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) near Mead and Haskell Ag Lab at Concord are serving as collection locations for hay (large bales) donations and fencing materials for livestock owners/managers who were impacted by the recent adverse weather events in Nebraska. Arrangements need to be made prior to delivery. Direct links to each site and additional details are at:
- ENREC: https://enrec.unl.edu/haydonations/
- Haskell Ag Lab: https://nerec.unl.edu/haskellhaydonations/
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture is responsible for distributing the donations and can be contacted at 1-800-831-0550.
Rebuilding Fences after Flood/Blizzard Damage (PDF, 2 pgs, 129 KB)
The University of Nebraska is committed to being a long-term partner with local communities and people impacted by recent flooding. One effort is to provide University of Nebraska students an opportunity to engage with you and participate in useful efforts to help your community move forward.
Nebraska Forest Service Resources
Inspecting Flood Damaged Trees (PDF, 1 pg, 619 KB)
Video: Care for Flooded Trees
Grant Funding Available: Funding is available through the NSA and NFS to assist with new tree planting. This could also include site preparation costs related to flood cleanup. Approximately $200,000 is available. An alternative is to apply for funding that would assist with projects that improve landscape resiliency on public properties. Communities can contact the Nebraska Forest Service directly at 402-472-2944 or submit a brief request at this link: https://nfs.unl.edu/flooding-requests
Heavy Equipment: The Nebraska Forest Service will also provide heavy equipment (free of charge) for use by both communities and landowners. Some conditions apply. Please contact Lew Sieber for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-624-8061.
Legal Aid’s Disaster Relief Project
All survivors of Nebraska’s flooding can get free and immediately useful information on our website: www.disaster.legalaidofnebraska.org.
Low-income Nebraskans can apply for direct legal representation two ways:
- Applying online at disaster.legalaidofnebraska.org/apply, or
- Calling the Disaster Relief Hotline at 1-844-268-5627.
The Flood's Impact on Children
Flooding can cause stress on families. Keeping young children informed about situations like flooding is important to help calm emotions and to ease the transition process for the whole family. Resources found at Nebraska Extension: Flood Resources - Children & Family Resources, as well as the additional resources below can help children cope with disaster:
Resources from Missouri Extension
Resources from North Carolina Extension
- After a Flood (YouTube Videos)
- Priorities for Cleanup and Repair
- How to Salvage Flood-Damaged Appliances
- Washing & Sanitizing Kitchen Items
- Kitchen Cleanup After the Flood
- Cleaning Flooded Upholstered Furniture, Curtains, Bedding, Table Linens, and Other Household Textiles
- Handling and Cleaning Up Damaged Pesticide Containers at Home
- Water-Damaged Carpets and Rugs
- Flood-Damaged Furniture
Resources from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):
- Flood Water After a Disaster or Emergency
- Reentering Your Flooded Home
- Clean Up Safely After a Disaster
- Mold After a Disaster
USDA/FSA Disaster Resources
- March 2019 Blizzard & Flood Recover Resources (PDF, 5 pgs, 215 KB)
- Emergency Conservation Program - ECP (PDF, 1 pg, 255 KB)
- Livestock Indemnity Program Fact Sheet - LIP (PDF, 7 pgs, 1.2 MB)
- Livestock Assistance Fact Sheet - ELAP (PDF, 9 pgs, 442 KB)
- Flood Response Programs in Nebraska Q & A (PDF, 5 pgs, 139 KB)
Recent historic flooding across our state has impacted the lives of countless Nebraskans, including students, faculty and staff at the University of Nebraska. We've been inspired to see Nebraskans pull together during this time of need, and we know members of the University community are eager to help. On the University of Nebraska Flood Assistance webpage you'll find information for those impacted by the floods, and opportunities to provide support to your fellow Nebraskans.