Recovery Resources: 2019 Canal Break in the Goshen/Gering Fort Laramie Canal
This page is a joint venture of Nebraska Extension and University of Wyoming Extension
Nebraska Rural Resource hotline: 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. Ask about no-cost vouchers for counseling services.
Family Stress: https://child.unl.edu/family-stress-0
Nebraska Community Action Agencies: https://canhelp.org/get-help/
Disaster Resources (Nebraska Flood): https://child.unl.edu/disaster
CDC Disaster: https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/index.asp
Financial Assistance: https://flood.unl.edu/family-financial
Rural Tax Education: https://unl.app.box.com/s/baszl98f3kks5x3fp7p1a2y5hb9y0mp1
Peak Wellness Center: https://www.peakwellnesscenter.org (24-hour Goshen County Crisis Line 307-532-4091)
The Wyoming Behavioral Institute: https://wbihelp.com/ (24-hour hotline 1-800-457-9321)
In Wyoming, a donation account has been established at First State Bank to support the repair efforts in response to the irrigation canal collapse. 100 percent of the donations will be allocated to the Goshen Irrigation District to support their work in repairing the tunnel and the canal damage. Donations can be sent to: First State Bank, PO BOX 1098, Torrington WY 82240. Checks should be made out to:Goshen Irrigation District Donation Account.
In Nebraska, a website has been established by Platte Valley Bank and the Oregon Trail Foundation as a relief fund for farmers impacted by the tunnel collapse. All funds will go towards the effort to restore water and support local affected Ag families. Clicking the donate button will take the donor to the Oregon Trail Community Foundation website to make a secure donation.
Other links/archived information:
USDA Risk Management Agency determines that tunnel collapse is an insurable event
Videos from time-lapse cameras on several field affected by the tunnel collapse, showing crop condition in the days and weeks following the loss of irrigation water. Cameras operated and videos edited by Nebraska Extension Cropping Systems Educator John Thomas.
The dry beans that received no irrigation this season due to the canal failure looked better than we expected all season probably due to a cooler summer, high humidity and some timely rains. The field was harvested Sept. 27 and the field yielded 18 bu/ac. Even though general bean yields are less this year, the field would probably have averaged 45-50 bu/ac if it had been irrigated normally. Even though the field looked better than anyone expected they took a significant yield hit due to the canal failure. There were a good number of pods but most had greatly reduced numbers of beans per pod.
This corn received approximately 3 inches of rain since the canal failure in July. The corn was irrigated once before the canal failure and irrigation has resumed as of Sept. 10-11. This late season irrigation will help mature the corn and recharge the soil profile with water.
These sugarbeets received approximately 3 inches of rain since the canal failure in July. They were irrigated once before the canal failure and irrigation has resumed as of Sept. 8-9. This late season irrigation will add tonnage especially if we have an extended fall.