Iowa and Nebraska Flooding

Governor Reynolds of Iowa has issued a statewide State of Emergency due to flooding and/or potential flooding in the coming weeks. The current impacts are mostly in western Iowa near the Missouri river, however additional rivers may be impacted as rain continues to fall on top of snowpack. Ice jams are likely to occur, meaning rivers and streams may rise is a very rapid rates. Road closures can also be expected.

Governor Ricketts of Nebraska has issued a statewide State of Emergency due to flooding and potential flooding impacting central and eastern Nebraska. Additional areas may be impacted as rain continues to fall onto the rapidly melting icepack. Ice jams will also likely occur, resulting in rivers and streams rising at very rapid rates. Three shelters are currently open with approximately 100 occupants, though that number will likely increase.

Optum is offering a free emotional support help line for all people impacted. This help line will provide those affected access to specially trained mental health specialists. The company’s public toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for as long as necessary. This service is free of charge and open to anyone. Specially trained Optum mental health specialists help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.

Along with the toll-free help line, emotional-support resources and information are available online at View the Important Communications alert on near the bottom of the member home page for local resources.

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