Author Archives: Jane Monnich

Floods Expose Threat To Military Posed by Climate Change

Floods Expose Threat To Military Posed by Climate Change

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) – Floodwaters laden with corn cobs from surrounding farm fields are lapping near the U.S. Strategic Command, after the surging Missouri River inundated one-third of a Nebraska air base. Flooding that started by a week ago Friday has sent muddy water inside about 80 buildings at Offutt Air Force…Read more »

Tecumseh Prison Staffer Is Stabbed

Tecumseh Prison Staffer Is Stabbed

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska Correctional Services Department says a staffer was stabbed and kicked at the Tecumseh prison in southeast Nebraska. The attack occurred a little after 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the staffer was escorting a prisoner back to a cell. The department said in a news release Friday that a wrong door…Read more »

Unprecedented Major Flooding Predicted For Spring

Unprecedented Major Flooding Predicted For Spring

Unprecedented major flooding is predicted this spring for most of the nation. National Weather Service deputy director Mary Erickson says the current flooding in Nebraska, Iowa and the South is a preview for an all-too wet and dangerous spring. She expects flooding to get worse and widespread, reaching most of the eastern two-thirds of the…Read more »

Governor Ricketts Heralds Disaster Declaration

Governor Ricketts Heralds Disaster Declaration

President Trump approves Nebraska’s expedited request for federal disaster assistance. Governor Ricketts submitted the request following devastating flooding and severe weather impacting virtually every region of Nebraska. Governor Ricketts says Nebraskans have already been stepping up to begin the journey to recovering from the most widespread natural disaster in Nebraska’s history. Governor Ricketts says as…Read more »

Disaster Declaration For Nearly 70 Percent of Nebraska

Disaster Declaration For Nearly 70 Percent of Nebraska

A disaster declaration has been declared for nearly 70 percent of the state of Nebraska. The state’s Emergency Management Agency said in a news release Tuesday that 65 of the state’s 93 counties are under state-issued emergency declarations. Gov. Pete Ricketts says there have been disasters with greater loss of life. But he said he…Read more »

Lincoln Residents Are Reducing Water Usage

Lincoln Residents Are Reducing Water Usage

Lincoln residents are heeding Mayor Beutler’s call for reduced water consumption. Mayor Beutler announces that Lincoln residents reduced their normal rate of water consumption by about three million gallons in one day…which he calls tremendous progress. Mayor Beutler says that many of the city’s well units at the city’s well field in Ashland are still…Read more »

Nebraska Ag Losses From Flood Damage Are Huge

Nebraska Ag Losses From Flood Damage Are Huge

Nebraska agriculture losses from flooding are estimated at one billion dollars. Nebraska Farm Bureau President Steve Nelson estimates $400 million on crop losses because of crops that will be planted late – if at all. Nelson also estimates up to $500 million in livestock losses as the state struggles with swollen rivers and breached or…Read more »

Lincoln Residents Still Need To Cut Their City Water Usage In Half

Lincoln Residents Still Need To Cut Their City Water Usage In Half

Mandatory water usage restrictions remain in effect for Lincoln residents. Mayor Beutler says at an afternoon news conference that the city’s water production has increased somewhat Monday. He says that production is enough to meet the community’s basic needs for drinking water, health and sanitation needs. However Beutler says it is not enough to meet…Read more »