Lancaster Event Center opening shelter for animals impacted by flooding

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The Lancaster Event Center (LEC) has started to receive requests with the recent flooding in the region for shelter for livestock as other county animal shelters in the region may also have been impacted by the flooding.

After coordinating with the Lancaster County Emergency Management, the State Emergency Management and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture teams, the Lancaster Event Center is opening its doors to livestock owners who have livestock that need shelter through at least the end of March.

The Lancaster Event Center fairgrounds, which is home of one of the largest county fairs in Nebraska (the 10-day Lancaster County Super Fair) has ample capacity on its 160 acres and 400,000 square feet of livestock-friendly buildings to serve as a temporary livestock shelter for the region.

In addition to this space, the Lancaster Event Center has the staff and supporting livestock handling equipment such as stalls/pens, small animal cages, bedding, storage to house livestock both indoors and outdoors as well as outdoor trailer parking space. Campground space is also available if needed with 30/50 amp electric and on grounds water & dump station.

Livestock that can be accommodated include horses inside stalls in the Pavilion 2 stalling barn, cattle, sheep and goat in pens outside (including for cows with calves due to calving season) in pens by owner and indoor small animals can find a home in our Exhibit Hall with cages that can be set up for poultry, rabbits.

To arrange to bring livestock, the Lancaster Event Center encourages impacted livestock owners to call or email before arrival so preparations can be made to: Main Office (M-F, 8-4) at 402-441-6545 and ask for Chas or Amy or send an email if preferred

If office is closed, please contact: Chas Skillett, Operations Manager at cell call/text 402-432-3255 or email cskillett@LancasterEventCenter.org

Or Amy Dickerson, Managing Director at cell call/text 402-429-1950 or email adickerson@LancasterEventCenter.org

Or LEC Manager on 24/7 Call at 402-429-4536 for after hours inquiries (do not text).