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Ways to help the community after the 2019 flooding

Taegan Jacobs, Features Editor

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The 2019 March flooding was the worst the state has seen in at least half a century, according to state governor Pete Ricketts, and the cost of damages is over $1 billion. Organizations, including churches, restaurants, and stores, all over Nebraska collaborated to provide shelter, raise money, and gather donations for those in need.

Here are some upcoming events to attend, and organizations to donate or volunteer with, to help those in need in the community.

2019 Flood Poker Run

Primary Purpose Riders Fellowship is hosting a 2019 Flood Run to raise money for people affected by the Nebraska and Iowa floods. The event takes place Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Primary Purpose Hall. It’s $20 per bike or $30 for a bike with a passenger. Registration starts at 10 a.m. All money will be donated to flood victims.

Location Address: 2614 Leavenworth St., Omaha, NE 68105

Flood Relief Concert with Rob Riccardo

A Flood Relief Concert with Rob Riccardo will take place Friday, June 14 at 7-9 p.m. The concert is being hosted by Lotus House of Yoga Lincoln, Lotus House of Yoga, Stinson Park, High Vibe Festival, and Mary Clare Sweet. It takes place at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village the night before the 2019 High Vibe Festival. Donations will go to the Nebraska Community Foundation.

Location Address: Stinson Park, 2285 South 67th Street, Omaha, NE 68106

Fremont Strong Festival, A Nebraska Flood Victim Benefit

The Fremont Strong Committee is hosting a festival June 1 – 2 to raise money for flood victims. Doors to the festival open at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, and activities are scheduled for 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday, June 2, activities are scheduled 12-8 p.m. There will be vendors, food, face painting, and more. It’s $20 a day, $35 to attend both days, and first responders and children under 12 years get in for free. All money raised will be donated to United Way Fremont. Get tickets and more information here.

Location Address: Tin Lizzy Tavern, 1682 East 23rd Street, Fremont, NE 68025

Bellevue Christian Center

The Bellevue Christian Center opened a Flood Relief Distribution Center with The Salvation Army in Southroads Mall on April 4. Those in need due to the flooding are able to go to the Salvation Army Resource Center to get any items needed. The Center is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and open 12-5 p.m. on Sundays. You can also find volunteer opportunities by emailing the Salvation Army or by phone at 402-898-6050. You can find more information at their website.

Location Address: Salvation Army Disaster Resource Center, 1001 Fort Crook Rd. N. Suite #250, Bellevue, NE 68005

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is helping Nebraska and Iowa residents affected by the flood. You can volunteer, donate, and find more information on how to give to the community here. You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS to get more information and text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

United Way of Midlands is also taking volunteers and donations and help services to those in need. Donate online or Text FLOODRELIEF to 41444.

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