Nebraska’s PBS and NPR stations recently released a documentary, And the Floods Came: Nebraska 2019, detailing what may be the worst natural disaster in the history of Nebraska. The devastating March 2019 flood began with a bomb cyclone, or winter hurricane that prevented rainfall from being absorbed due to frozen surfaces and snowmelt. As a result, streams and creeks rose rapidly and flood waters swept through the state, destroying precious neighborhoods, businesses, and farms.
Using footage, photos, and the recollections of those who lived through this disaster, Net News lays out a one-of-a-kind narrative of this fast-moving tragedy and subsequent efforts to rebuild lives and communities.
As Nebraska continues on the road to recovery, the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy issues a weekly flood recovery dashboard to keep the public informed about ongoing flood-related issues and recovery efforts.