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Lori Steinauer walks across the flooded patio area at her cabin in Willow Point, a neighborhood near Ashland, Nebraska, after the March flooding.

Interested students in the University of Nebraska system can apply to do service work helping people recover from flooding.

A maximum of 50 NU students will be placed in communities, and the university is still taking applications. Each student will work a maximum of 10 weeks, up to 40 hours per week. Students will be paid $12.50 per hour and may be able to earn college credit.

So far, 24 students have signed up from various NU institutions. They will be working in 14 communities. Eight students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications are traveling the state to cover the flooding’s effects and the recovery process.

The service work program is funded by $250,000 from NU. For information, go to nebraska.edu/flood-assistance.

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Floods devastate Nebraska, Iowa in March 2019

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After drenching rains Tuesday and heavy snow on Wednesday, Gibbon’s low spots became apparent, first as water filled streets to the curb, and later on Thursday and Friday as the water spilled into lawns and driveways before lapping at foundations. “I’ve never seen so much water, or the force and damage it can do in a short time,” firefighter Jamey Rome said.

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Thirty buildings, including the 55th Wing headquarters and the two major aircraft maintenance facilities, had been flooded with up to 8 feet of water, and 30 more structures damaged. About 3,000 feet of the base’s 11,700-foot runway was submerged. No one, though, had been injured.

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An official with the state office of the Farm Services Agency said Monday that because of earlier livestock losses from below-zero temperatures and wet animals, the agency has asked the federal government to add another 30 days to the period in which livestock deaths can be covered by federal aid.

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