Leaders in western Iowa say lingering floodwaters and damage from last year's Missouri River flooding has led them to again cancel Loessfest. The Council Bluffs City Council said Friday in a news release that restoration work on Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park, where the festival is held right across the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska, can't begin until after the spring thaw. The council says there isn't enough time between the thaw and the Memorial Day weekend event to get the work done.

Following devastating floods last March, the tiny eastern Nebraska town of Winslow is debating whether to move 100 feet higher to a nearby hilltop or face being washed away in future floods. It’s a choice more riverside communities may face as climate change increases flood risks. Since the creation of a buyout program in 1989, federal and local governments have poured more than $5 billion into buying tens of thousands of properties threatened by persistent flooding to avoid rebuilding.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The lower Missouri River will remain high into December because of the large amount of water being released from dams into the river.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the amount of water being released from the Gavins Point dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border will remain at a level more than twice what is typical for this time of year — 80,000 cubic feet per second — into mid-December.

Western Iowans Bracing For More Flooding

Sep 17, 2019

(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  People in western Iowa are bracing for more flooding with the Missouri River on the rise.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is slowing water release at a dam upstream in hopes it will prevent some of the worst flooding from Sioux City to Council Bluffs.  The river's expected to rise about five feet and crest at over 30 feet early this weekend.  Flood warnings are in effect all along Iowa's western border.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska state emergency officials who faced record floods this summer are now scrambling to boost their ranks with more workers to help residents recover and rebuild their communities.

The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency plans to hire 17 new employees in the coming months, increasing from its current 41 to 58 workers.

Flooding throughout the state swamped the agency with service requests that began in March and continued throughout the summer. The recovery won't end anytime soon, as government officials undertake the slow process of rebuilding.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Fair says the parking isn't available Monday at the rain-soaked Fonner Park fairgrounds.

Fair officials urged people to park at offsite locations and take free shuttle rides to the fairgrounds, where some standing water remained in spots.

As a public service to all needing help and assistance, below is a guide of hyperlinks and phone numbers where people can find answers about safety, available aid, and other information for those affected by the Heartland Flood.  

Government Assistance

President Trump declared a disaster in Nebraska on Thursday, making federal funds available to state residents and businesses affected by floods.

RULO, Neb. (AP) — Officials are asking that residents of the southeastern Nebraska town of Rulo evacuate as the Missouri River swells to flood stage.