Recovering from the flood

Producers across northeast Nebraska are working to recover from the recent flooding. There are resources available to help.

We met on Tuesday, March 26th with Wayne Ohnesorg, who is with Nebraska Extension. He represents Madison, Antelope and Pierce counties. We stood near the intersection of Highway 81 and Highway 13 where flooding occurred. Highway 13 remains closed through the community of Hadar as a bridge just east of town has collapsed.

"Right now we are still in the discovery phase, the water is down, and things are beginning to dry out," Ohnesorg said. "So now, we are working to clean out agricultural areas and homes. Things like irrigation wells that were flooded, private water wells, they are all going to need to be inspected and tested to make sure they are not contaminated."

Experts say producers ought to be thinking about photographing losses, and documenting them. "That will be important for the programs that are available through the Farm Service Agency," Ohnesorg said. "When it comes to our producers who will be planting crops, April 15th is the crop insurance date for planting corn, and that's coming up. What the weather does will certainly tell us if we are going to be looking at delayed planting."

If farmers would like help, there are many resources offered. One resource is flood.unl.edu. This website has all university informational resources concentrated on one site. And, if you have questions, the university has put together a single e-mail to make sure all questions go to the right people. That e-mail is floodresponse.unl.edu.