Nebraska Strong Recovery Group to help farmers cope with flood loss

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Anxiety and stress may be creeping in on many Nebraskans, especially those hit multiple times by this year's flooding. Now the Nebraska Strong Recovery Group wants to help.

Crisis Counselors talk with community members about coping with stress. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

The group started back in may after several areas were declared disasters by President Trump. Since then crisis counselors have been visiting with people affected and helping in anyway they can.

Crisis counselors set up a booth this week at Husker Harvest Days talking to people about their experience this year.

"Most people will talk to us a little bit and talk about how their experience has affected their family," Crisis Counselor Angie Marquardt said. "We give them some materials to contact the rural hotline or we get more information from them and get them help."

Being hit so hard with bad weather time after time can be very stressful and affect someone's mental health. The group wants to help these people cope before it gets too bad.

"It's good to have someone to talk to about the stress they've been dealing with and being frustrated about their basements not drying out," Marquardt said. "It helps them to get some of the anxiety of a storm coming or the stress of having to deal with it every day out."

They travel around Howard, Hall, Buffalo and Custer counties offering each community the assistance they need.

"Each community is different and seeing how they open to us is awesome," Crisis Counselor Shyanne Adams said. "There is so many different stories. You're dealing with people who have been affected personally by their homes or even their land or cattle. Everyone has a different story and it's been an incredible adventure to be able to hear all of them."

After leaving Husker Harvest Days the group headed to the Doniphan Event Community Center to work with flood victims in that area.