Nebraska Farmer Keeps Hog Herd Afloat Despite Flooding

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John Tyson wastes no time. Grease gun in hand, he talks as he moves from tire to tire getting ready for harvest. He's in a hurry but knows none of this year has been under his control.

“Just kind of getting everything set up and ready to go,” said the Northeast Nebraska farmer.

Getting to fall has been anything but easy. The farm ground around Tyson’s hog barn in Blair is just miles away from the Missouri River. It's flooded three times during 2019.

“You know, we just about start to get [everything] cleaned up and put back together then here comes the river again,” said Tyson. “We go back underwater again.”

The first flood in March was by far the worst. Tyson had no choice but to travel by boat to get to his pigs which were luckily, on higher ground. A friend of Tyson’s gave him the boat and said, “Keep it as long as you need it.”

At that time, Tyson made multiple trips per day. One trip was to run a generator after they lost power. Another trip was to bring the well company to the barn to help restore water to the pigs.

Tyson knows he isn’t alone in facing headaches from 2019. It started when precipitation and snowmelt in the Missouri River basin created flooding on the Missouri River. The Army Corps of Engineers increased the amount of water being released downstream which filled up reservoirs and forced more water to be let go. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency earlier this year to help victims like Tyson recover from the year's multiple floods.

Watch John’s story in the video above. Then check out more flooding coverage here: 

Nebraska Producer Travels by Boat to Care for Hogs During Flood

 A Look at Nebraska's Flooded Farm Ground