Throughout the past few years, a number of flood events have affected Nebraska. We have tried to cover them in our Floodplain Management Today quarterly newsletters. These articles don't cover every flooding event, but highlight some of the floodplain management issues that occurred in some of the larger events. If you have any flood photographs, stories, or other information, please contact one of us from the NeDNR Contacts page.
May 2015 Flooding
In May 2015, much of southeastern Nebraska was affected in varying degrees by flooding. Major flooding impacted Lincoln, DeWitt, Beatrice, and Fairbury, among other communities. This article highlights some of the areas affected, some of the worst impacts, and some areas where proactive floodplain management resulted in fewer damages.
Western Nebraska Flooding and Groundwater Recharge
May 2015 also saw flooding and high water in Western Nebraska. Uniquely, many places out west were able to open up irrigation canals and other structures to allow floodwaters in, which reduces downstream impacts and helps recharge groundwater resources. This article outlines the effort that Nebraska DNR did in May.
January 2015 Ice Jam
The rapid warming at the end of January, 2015 caused a quick break-up of ice in the lower Platte River. As ice breaks up into large chunks quickly, it starts flowing all at once, which drastically increases the potential for ice jam flooding. Between Ashland and Yutan, the ice got blocked up and sent water flowing out of the banks of the Platte rapidly, which caused major problems for some homeowners, the Two Rivers State Park, and communities on both sides of the river.
September 2013 Flooding
Significant rain fell over the mountains and foothills in Colorado, which caused devastating flooding in much of the Front Range. But, those storms also sent tens of thousands of cubic feet per second of floodwaters down the Platte River into Nebraska. This article briefly outlines some of the statistics from that flood event.
Louisville Remembers Deadly 1923 Flood
In 1923, Mill Creek rose up and destroyed much of Louisville, in eastern Nebraska. This article, written by the Assistant Editor for Publications at the Nebraska Historical Society, takes readers through that fateful day and the aftermath of the flood. Tales are recounted and taken from publications that have kept the history of the 1923 flood alive.