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Recent heavy rainfall across Colorado have resulted in record flooding across the South Platte River in Colorado. This water continued to move downstream, and has affected many parts of Western and Central Nebraska. 


News Releases

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Take Action Before Flooding to Protect Drinking Water
  1. Why is flood water in a well unsafe?
  2. What should be done to prevent contamination of wells?

Wells Near Flooded Areas Need to be Tested - Jack Daniel, administrator of the Office of Drinking Water and Environmental Health

  1. Test water if there is a change in taste of color

Water Quality- Jack Daniel, Administrator of the Office of Drinking Water and Environmental Health

  1. Indicators that your water might be affected
  2. Alternatives to contaminated drinking water
  3. When should wells be tested?

Food Safety - Jack Daniel, Administrator of the Office of Drinking Water and Environmental Health

  1. How flood water can contaminate a food supply?
  2. What about canned goods?
  3. What about food in refrigerators and freezers during a power loss?

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Fact Sheets / FAQs

  • PDF Brochure:
         What you need to know about planning and recovering from a flood.
    PDF Folleto en Español

  • PDF Mold Concerns

  • Do I need a tetanus shot if I'm in a flooded area?
    Tetanus immunization is recommended for all adults every 10 years. Exposure to floodwaters doesn’t increase the risk of tetanus according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  However, if you get a severe wound or deep cut, check with your health care provider to see if you need a booster.  Tetanus is an infectious disease, but it’s not spread from one person to another.  The bacteria that cause tetanus are found in the soil and usually enter the body through a wound.  The infection is very serious and will involve a long hospital stay. Surviving tetanus disease doesn’t create immunity.  The only way to guarantee future protection is through immunization.

Links and Resources

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Water testing kit request - private citizen

Water testing kit request - government or school


NEMA - Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Flooding Information


Nebraska's Local Health Departments


National Weather Service - River Report


CDC - After a Flood


DEQ -  Department of Environmental Quality
Get information on debris cleanup, disposal of animal carcasses and hazardous waste.




Nebraska Department of Insurance

  • PDF NFIP Flood Insurance Claims Handbook      PDF en Español

    • This claims guide by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which oversees the National Flood Insurance Program, is a good resource for those who have flood insurance.

  • Residents with additional questions can contact the Nebraska Department of Insurance hotline at 1-877-564-7323 during normal business hours.

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