The purpose of this site is to provide citizens with updated information on the scope of flood damage to the Nebraska state highway system and the status of recovery efforts.
As Nebraska recovers from the most devastating disasters in recent history, the totals below summarize reported impacts. Numbers and statistics are updated as inspections are conducted and damage assessments refined.
The Road to Recovery
RESTORING NEBRASKA'S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
Immediately following the flood in March of 2019, the Nebraska Department of Transportation began working on repairing damage to the state transportation network. To find information on major flood repair projects, please click on the below link to find the highway of interest.
NDOT hosted several public meetings during the week of June 24th across the State.
To get information on the location of the meetings or to provide a comment on any of the identified projects, please follow the below link.
Nearly all roads and most bridges have been repaired and reopened. Plans are now completed for all repairs on bridges or for complete replacement. Construction continues on the remaining closures and damaged roadways.
Nebraska Traveler Information
The above State Highway Damage map provides information and status updates on emergency projects related to the March 2019 flooding. For the most up-to-date information on closures and detours, please visit 511.nebraska.gov.
For travel information for Iowa and Missouri, please follow the below link.
NDOT Responds to Flood
The Nebraska Department of Transportation responded immediately as water levels rose and flooding conditions spread throughout the state on the evening of March 13, 2019. NDOT personnel sprung into action to help close roadways, detour traffic and begin immediate repairs where able. Around the clock work continued through March 29th to facilitate closures, direct traffic and begin work to reopen roadways.
This rapid response effort was on top of an already historic winter which stretched field staff to their limits with record snowfall, requiring countless hours of snow removal.
At the peak of the flooding, over 3,300 miles of roads were closed due to blizzard conditions or water on the roads. By March 23rd, as waters receded, less than 200 miles remained closed. This work reflects the NDOT's strong dedication and commitment to serving our citizens and restoring mobility to Nebraska.
As NDOT continues its work to evaluate, assess and repair Nebraska's highways and interstates, know that the people who have worked tirelessly to reopen roadways continue to remain committed to travelers' safety. After all, your safe travel is our business.
County and Other State Information
The information on this page is reflective of the Nebraska State Highway system. Many counties sustained significant damage to their local infrastructure. In addition, the flooding has impacted multiple surrounding states including Iowa and Missouri.
You can find information about county closures at the Nebraska Association of County Officials. You can also find closure information for Iowa and Missouri on their respective websites. All links to additional information is provided under Additional Resources.
- Nebraska Association of County Officials Website has the most recent information on county road closures.
- Flooding Fact Sheet from the Department of Health and Human Services with information about safety post-flood.
- Free Well Water Testing cosponsored by DHHS and the EPA.
- Flood Safety Checklist from the American Red Cross.
- FEMA Flood Map
- Shelter & Evacuation Information
- Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
- Nebraska Department of Agriculture
- Nebraska Department of Labor
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Governor Pete Ricketts
- Iowa 511
- Missouri Traveler Information