Steve O'Donnell exits his parents' flooded lake house in the Hanson's Lake area in Bellevue on Friday. 

The State of Nebraska released some numbers Sunday to help quantify the recent flooding and blizzard in the state.

Officials also included information for residents as the recovery continues.


Dozens of donations were collected to help farmers and ranchers, as the Nebraska Department of Agriculture reported. The donations: 12 for equipment; 14 for transportation; 13 for fencing; 70 for hay; 14 for other types of animal feed; 10 for animal supplies; 26 for services and labor, including veterinary care; seven offers to coordinate a local donation drive; three offers of pasture and two offers of animal housing.

The department logged 59 requests for help, for both short-term needs like feed and longer-term items like fencing.

Farmers and ranchers in need of assistance should contact their local emergency manager, the department said. A list of emergency managers can be found at nema.nebraska.gov/overview/county-emergency-management-directors.

More information is available at 800-831-0550 or nda.nebraska.gov. The main needs right now are for hay, fencing, volunteers and equipment, according to the department.


Of the 606 community public water systems in the state, 14 were temporarily unable to provide water to customers, nine boil-water advisories have been issued and five do-not-consume advisories have been issued, according to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

The department helped set up mobile testing labs in Fremont, Norfolk and Verdigre to help private well owners determine water quality. Samples were tested for coliform and E. coli bacteria, and about a third of the results indicated the presence of bacteria.

The department said it's working with 94 animal feeding operations to make sure that wastewater lagoons are able to sustain their integrity during flooding and increased runoff conditions. The department said it has also helped residents with the proper care of hazardous substances and flood debris .

People who have lost livestock were asked to take photos to document losses and bury animals according to regulations.

Health and Human Services

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said it helped move more than 400 pallets of bottled water, enough to fill about 21 semitrailer trucks.

The department has been tracking the availability of hospital and emergency medical services. One hospital, in Lynch, had to stop taking patients because of flood damage.

Eight nursing homes were evacuated, affecting more than 200 residents, who have begun moving back, the department said.

It said that two assisted living facilities were evacuated and that those residents have since been allowed to return.