Flood relief

DISPLACED: Flooding in Ashland along 14th and Furnas displaced residents from their homes, as well as in lake communities like Willow Point and Horseshoe Lake. Local organizations, churches and individuals have offered help in many different forms. (Staff Photo by Suzi Nelson)

    ASHLAND – Local churches and organizations have offered accommodations for families and individuals displaced by the flooding.

    Carol Joy Holling Conference and Retreat Center is offering rooms at no charge. They are on a first-come, first-served basis, said Dani Hatfield, director of marketing for Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, which oversees the retreat center.

    Rooms are available for approximately one week. Pets are not allowed.

    Call 402-944-2544 to make arrangements.

    On Thursday, Riverview Community Church, 324 N. 32nd St., Ashland, opened its doors to anyone displaced, according to a Facebook post. They are offering snacks and beverages.

    A free potluck lunch will be held for the families displaced by the flood and the first responders and volunteers who have helped them at from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ashland United Methodist Church, 1442 Adams.

    The Closet, a free clothing giveaway headquartered at American Lutheran Church in Ashland, will supply free clothing and linens to people affected by the flooding. Contact the church at 402-944-3535 for help. The Closet will also be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. American Lutheran Church is at 1941 Silver Street.

    The Dragons Closet, a free clothing giveaway that typically only serves people living in the Gretna Public School District boundaries, will extend the program to anyone affected by the flooding through April 30, according to a post on the Gretna Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

    The shop is open every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment by emailing TheDragonsClosetGretna@gmail.com. It is located at 317 Paradise Dr., Gretna.

    Many residents of Ashland have offered to put up displaced persons and/or their pets on the Ashland-Greenwood Community Board on Facebook.

    There will be a benefit concert for flood victims at Starlite Event Center in Wahoo on Friday, March 29 at 6 p.m. The Spring Fever/Nebraska Red Cross benefit concert will feature the bands Bucka Ruse and Sack of Lions.

    Part of the ticket sales and all the money raised through a raffle by Radio Station 96 KX will go to Red Cross Flood Relief Nebraska to help victims of the March flooding.

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