2019 midwest flood

Iowa Disaster Incident Period Extended

Jun 20, 2019

(Des Moines, IA)  --  Federal assistance can now cover more damage that came as a result of bad weather that hit Iowa this year.  The incident period that determined eligibility for federal assistance was March 12th through May 16th, but that's been extended to June 15th.  The extension was granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, after heavy rains hit the state starting in mid-May.

Thousands Of Hazardous Containers Recovered

Jun 20, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  Thousands of potentially hazardous containers have been recovered following flooding in Nebraska.  State and federal officials announced yesterday that more than 22-hundred containers have been recovered from areas affected by the Heartland Flood.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency says heavy rains and flooding has led some containers to remain inaccessible from land.

Mobile Home Park To Be Demolished

Jun 6, 2019

(Bellevue, NE)  --  A mobile home park damaged by the March floods will be mostly demolished.  Officials at the Green Acres Mobile Home Park in Bellevue say only 50 of the more than 130 homes on their property can be saved.  Crews are making sure there is no asbestos in the homes before demolition can start within the next couple of weeks.

The House has given final approval to a long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill. That clears the way for the measure to be sent to President Donald Trump for his expected signature.

The chamber approved the legislation 354-58. It's aimed at helping communities around the country bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires.

The bill languished for months over disputes including additional aid for Puerto Rico, which Trump opposed. He also wanted $4 billion to deal with migrants at the Southwest border, which will await a future bill.

(Papillion, NE)  --  Sarpy County is giving residents a chance to change their property values in the aftermath of recent flooding.  County officials say residents seeking to request an adjustment for their property's assessed value must file a Report of Destroyed Real Property with the Sarpy County Clerk and Assessor by July 15th.  Residents can file a report for damage caused by flooding or other natural disaster that took place after January 1st. 

Disaster Declaration Issued

Jun 3, 2019

(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  A new disaster declaration is in effect for Council Bluffs, Crescent and Pottawattamie County.  The declaration was issued on Friday due to renewed flooding along the Missouri River.  The Missouri River is expected to crest today at more than 31 feet, and it is expected to remain at that level until Wednesday.  Local officials also submitted a request to the Iowa governor's office to reactivate the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for residents who have been affected by the flooding.

I-29 Closes Again In Southwest Iowa

May 30, 2019

(Undated, IA)  --  Interstate 29 is closing again in southwest Iowa.  Traffic is being detoured off the interstate between Crescent and Loveland in Pottawattamie County and the closure runs from Highway 34 to the Missouri border.  The Iowa DOT says several other roads in southwest Iowa are also underwater and closed.

The “#Fremont Strong” committee is putting on one of the largest shows Fremont has seen.  There will be music, comedy, magicians, pinups, raffles and a silent auction.  There is also wrestling!

Ken Phares and Chris Marsh chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” on 91.5 FM about this fundraiser to benefit the flood victims of March 2019 with every last cent going to the United Way of Fremont.

More information can be found at

Also first responders will get in free with identification.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Flooding along the lower Missouri River will likely worsen in the days ahead because the amount of water being released into the river is increasing because of the recent rain.

But officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say the river will remain below the levels it hit in March when flooding caused significant damage in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas.

Crews Practice Flood Rescues At Camp Ashland

May 28, 2019

(Ashland, NE)  --  The National Guard and Nebraska Task Force One are practicing rescuing flood victims.  Reports say crews trained at Camp Ashland using flood-damaged buildings scheduled to be demolished yesterday.  Helicopters flew over houses and identify flood victims before a second helicopter would come through and perform the mock rescue.  The National Guard rescued more than 100 people within the first two days of flooding that began back in March.

The Senate has passed a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill to help to a number of states and Puerto Rico recover after a series of hurricanes, floods and wildfires.

The widely-backed legislation passed by an 85-8 vote.

Republican leaders agreed to a demand by Democrats to toss out President Donald Trump's $4.5 billion request to address a record influx of Central American migrants who are fleeing violence in Guatemala, Honduras and elsewhere and coming to the United States.

Congress To Fund Offutt Repairs

May 22, 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives is working to help fund repairs at Offutt Air Force Base.  The House Appropriations Committee approved a funding package yesterday, including an amendment from Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry to set aside 241-million-dollars for the base.  The base lost more than 230-million-dollars worth of equipment during the March floods.  The House recently approved a supplemental spending bill that included 120-million-dollars in repair funding for Offutt.

A Nebraska congressman is pushing the Air Force's emergency request for $234 million to replace equipment and crew training simulators damaged by floodwaters that inundated the Offutt Air Force Base this spring.

The Omaha World-Herald reports Rep. Don Bacon recently brought attention to the funding request in a letter to a House subcommittee. He warned of the loss of defense capabilities that commanders are already experiencing in the field after the severe flooding in March.

Archdiocese Helps Flood Victims

May 14, 2019

The Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha is raising money to help the victims of the March floods.  More than 470-thousand-dollars was raised for flood relief efforts during church services March 23rd and March 24th.  The archdiocese has distributed more than 230-thousand-dollars to flood victims so far.  

New Grant Designed To Help People Get Flood Clean-Up Jobs

May 10, 2019

A new grant will help people get jobs in flood-clean up and recovery.  The state of Iowa has received a three-million-dollar Dislocated Worker Grant.  Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend said in a statement the money helps Iowans and their communities.

Contract bidding is open for repairing the final of four large levee breaches along the Missouri River.  The last levee is just west of Pacific Junction and three others went under construction about a week ago.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it could be three years before the entire levee system is safely reinforced.

Flood Damage Roads Causing Traffic Problems

May 7, 2019

  Flood-damaged roads are leading to traffic problems in Elkhorn.  Closures have been in effect on portions of Dodge, Q and Center streets since the March floods.  As a result, congestion has been reported on West Maple Road and other streets.  West Dodge is expected to reopen to traffic next month, and West Center is scheduled to reopen in July.

Paul Corah, Public Information Officer for FEMA, stopped by the studios at KIOS to chat with Mike Hogan about the status of current FEMA efforts, what to do if you have a claim, and how impressed he is with the strength of the residents in this fine state.


Looters Target Flood Damaged Homes

May 2, 2019

(Bellevue, NE)  --  Police are on the lookout for looters at a flood-damaged mobile home park in Bellevue.  Authorities say looters have been targeting homes at Paradise Lakes for the past several weeks.  The city has deemed Paradise Lakes to be contaminated, and the mobile home park will be demolished.

The Nebraska National Guard plans to rebuild its Camp Ashland training site by fortifying its buildings and raising them on stilts after recent flooding caused extensive damage to the facility.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Guard is pursuing a more than $62 million project to protect the 1,184-acre (479-hectare) facility on the Platte River from future flooding.

The camp has been working to repair damage from floodwaters that filled classrooms and barracks after the river knocked down a levee last month.

Gov. Ricketts, India Assoc. Present Check To United Way

Apr 30, 2019

Tens-of-thousands of dollars are pouring into the United Way of Midlands for flood recovery.  Governor Pete Ricketts joined the India Association of Nebraska and Hindu Temple yesterday to present a 54-thousand-dollar check to the United Way.  WOWT reports the money was raised during a three-hour luncheon back in March.  Ricketts says Nebraska has received about 60-million dollars in financial aid since the flooding started but he estimates the state has about 85-million dollars worth of damage.

Flood Debris Pickup Scheduled

Apr 29, 2019

Flood debris pickup is expected to take place in Pacific Junction, Iowa, this week.  Mills County Emergency Management officials announced Saturday that the Iowa Department of Transportation will start to collect flood debris in Pacific Junction and unincorporated areas.  Residents are asked to sort the debris and leave it near a road or in a driveway for pickup. Clean-up is continuing in Pacific Junction and other communities in Iowa and Nebraska that were impacted by the March floods.

Flood Damaged Community Considers Future

Apr 25, 2019

Residents in flood-damaged Pacific Junction are considering their future. A meeting took place last night in Glenwood where Mills County Emergency Management officials told residents that rebuilding the town could take two to four years.  More than 200 homes were damaged by flooding last month, and some of those houses are considered structurally unsafe. Officials say the local levee breach at Pony Creek will be repaired by next week, but two other levee breaches could take longer to fix.

Another Mobile Home Park Lost To Flooding

Apr 24, 2019

Another Bellevue mobile home park will have to be torn down following flooding.  The Sands Trailer Park was heavily damaged by flooding along the Platte River last month.  Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis said the park's owners are working with the county and FEMA on plans to demolish the park's 40 homes.  Most residents had until April 15th to remove their belongings from the trailer park.

The state of Nebraska is receiving millions of dollars in federal flood relief. FEMA and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency announced yesterday that the state will get 48-million-dollars in federal funding for residents and businesses impacted by last month's widespread flooding.  The funding will come from the U.S. Small Business Administration, FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program.  More than five-thousand Nebraska households have applied for assistance following the floods, and FEMA teams have visited more than 14-thousand homes in the state.

Paradise Lakes Homes To Be Demolished

Apr 23, 2019

A flood-damaged Bellevue mobile home park is facing demolition.  A barricade went up yesterday at the entrance to Paradise Lakes after residents finished gathering their belongings on Sunday.  All of the units at the mobile home park have been ruled to be contaminated after last month's floods.  Bellevue Mayor Rusty Hike says the city is working to make sure the mobile homes are demolished as soon as possible.

The Nebraska Cattlemen is offering financial aid to cattle producers affected by the bomb cyclone storm that struck the state last month.

The group says applicants must have operations in counties or tribal areas falling under emergency or disaster declarations made by the Nebraska governor or the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. Applicants must demonstrate genuine need and that their assets aren't adequate to rebuild from the damage suffered.


(Undated, IA)  --  Construction on the flood damaged part of Interstate-29 in southwest Iowa is underway.  The Iowa Department of Transportation says it's working to repair a stretch of the interstate from U.S. Highway 34 all the way to the Missouri border and it plans to have it back open by June.  Updates on construction are available on the Iowa DOT website.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The flooding that devastated huge swaths of Nebraska may put a dent in the state budget and force the postponement of other expenses, but officials said the recovery costs should be manageable.

Lawmakers are bracing for a likely wave of state agency budget requests in the next fiscal year as the state government's share of the total cost becomes clearer.

Sen. John Stinner, of Gering, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, says lawmakers want to ensure the state has enough cash to handle new flood-related expenses as well as future weather disasters.

The total mileage of closed roads in Nebraska is down to double-digits for the first time since last month's flooding.  At the peak, the Nebraska Department of Transportation said more than 33-hundred miles of roads were closed, but the updated number as of today is just over 70.  The U.S. Department of Transportation announced this week that it plans to use 25-million dollars in emergency relief funds to repair flooded roads in the state.