Recovery Resources: 2019 Canal Break in the Goshen/Gering Fort Laramie Canal
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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)
Other links/archived information:
NebGuide: Forage Production with Limited Irrigation (Nebraska Extension Publication)
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 froze in early October and went through several snows. This corn was harvested on Nov. 15. The final yield was 165 bushel per acre. Yield would have been better with a full season of irrigation but this was much better than expected!
Water was restored here for late season irrigation on Sept. 8-9. These beets went through several snows and hard freezes and were harvested Nov. 8. The final yield was 31.5 tons per acre with 16.5% sugar. Yield would have been better with a full season of irrigation but this was much better than expected!