Mid-Michigan farmers headed to Nebraska to help flood victims
(03/18/19) - Extreme flooding in Nebraska has killed at least two people and left farmers with inundated fields, so they are struggling to keep their animals fed.
But help is on the way from Mid-Michigan farmers.
"It comes out of nowhere and they are trapped," said Ag Community Relief Vice President Scott Fahley.
The flooding after last week's bomb cyclone over Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa and the Dakotas has devastated the region.
"And what we've seen from pictures is only half the battle until we get there and see with our own two eyes," Fahley said.
Ag Community Relief is a nonprofit organization that helps farmers recover when disasters strike, like what's happening in Nebraska this week. The group is essentially a kind of Red Cross for farmers.
"We are putting together a relief mission right now to haul supplies there, get boots on the ground and see exactly what they need," Fahley said.
The organization is in the process gathering supplies to bring farmers in the region. They are hoping those in the community can help.
With items like first aid for livestock, bag feed, buckets and pails, Fahley said every little bit helps. The group is planning to leave Mid-Michigan on Thursday with the first load of supplies.
"We're just here to help anyplace we can to lighten the load a little bit." he said.
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