I don’t know where to begin.
One week ago today, we were prepared for rain and for high water. I even wrote about the potential for historic flooding and blizzards. We were ready for what was coming.
Or so I thought.
Here is where I stop and say that I am fine. Our house is on a hill. Our cattle had a hill of their own and we could get feed to them (not as much as they wanted, but we could still get to them). We suffered nothing more than inconvenience and heavy hearts for so many of our friends and neighbors. Many, many people suffered losses beyond anything I can comprehend.
Almost 10 years ago, our house was hit by a tornado. In the first hours after the storm, I remember clearly what I was thinking.
“This really happened.”
I’m sure I had a glazed look in my eyes and a stiffness in my step as I wandered around coming to terms with the fact that we had major repairs to make.
I saw the same look in the eyes of many others this past week.
“This really happened.”
I got over my disbelief within a couple of hours. Most people who have lost homes, businesses in the flooding of the past week have a much longer road to travel.
If You Have Been Affected by the Flooding
There are resources and information out there to help you. There will also be a lot of unreliable information and scammers trying to take advantage. I STRONGLY urge you to only consume information on how to clean up or how to access financial or other resources from credible sources. University Extension is my go-to information source when I have questions. In Nebraska, the Extension service has been designated a primary point of contact.
Flood Resources | Nebraska Extension
Whether it’s a flash flood or a slow onset flood, excessive amounts of water can cause signficant damage.
March 2019 Flood Information and Help Links
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
Mental health resources in the aftermath of Nebraska flooding | Health | omaha.com
While Nebraskans and Iowans are rallying around #Nebraskastrong and #Iowastrong in the wake of historic storms and floods, experts say it’s natural that many will feel stress, anxiety and grief in the months ahead.
FINDING HELP: State leaders urge flood, blizzard victims to reach out | KHGI
State leaders and health experts are encouraging those who are dealing with a devastating blizzard and flooding that has impacted Nebraska to reach out for help if needed.
If You Want to Help Those Affected by the Flooding
Most communities are overwhelmed by donations of clothes or other ‘stuff’. If you want to help, please give money or sign up to volunteer in the cleanup.
If you want to help a particular community, look for information on the organization(s) serving as a collection point for donations. Most small towns have an account set up at the bank or banks serving that community. If you want your donation to go directly to a particular town, find out which bank or community group is organizing that account and send your donation to them. If you are unsure, shoot me an email (find it in my SBNation profile) and the Corn Nation team and I will find out for you if we can.
Orphan Grain Train | Orphan Grain Train | Sharing resources and bringing Christ’s name and character to needy people both far and near.
Orphan Grain Train is a Christian volunteer network that ships donated food, clothing, medical and other needed items to people in 67 different countries including the USA. A ministry that ships relief for human need worldwide.
Huskers Partnering with Red Cross for Flood Relief on Wednesday’s NIT Game | KLIN-AM
Nebraska basketball and the American Red Cross are partnering up for Wednesday’s NIT matchup against Butler to provide relief to victims affected by the floods across Nebraska and Southwest Iowa.
Huskers Top Falcons in Home Opener, 7-6 - Huskers.com - Nebraska Baseball
After a rare weekend off, the Nebraska baseball team (7-7) won its long-awaited home opener, 7-6, over Air Force at Hawks Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Husker Softball blanked by Tulsa and Kansas | KTIC Radio
Nebraska had no hits against Tulsa. Tristen Edwards had two walks, while Rylie Unzicker and Madi Unzicker each had one walk.
Former Husker Brent Qvale re-signs with New York Jets | Big Red Today blog | omaha.com
Former Husker lineman Brent Qvale re-signed with the New York Jets on Tuesday.
Smith, four Huskers finish in top 30 at Clover Cup | Golf
Four Huskers produced top-30 individual finishes in a 90-player field to help the Nebraska women's golf team to a ninth-place team finish at the Clover Cup on Sunday.
Ex-Husker Abdullah re-signs with Vikings | Football | journalstar.com
Ameer Abdullah is staying put in the NFC North.
Eight Huskers Set to Compete at NCAA Wrestling Championships
The #7 Nebraska Cornhuskers will bring eight wrestlers to the 2019 NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa.