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Flooding, 3.15

A worker sets out signs to block off Campanile Road on March 15 near Venice.

Nebraska is collecting cash donations at Saturday’s Red-White Spring Game to help people affected by recent historic flooding in the area.

Volunteers are going to be collecting donations at all entrances to Memorial Stadium. The proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross and will go toward flood relief in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa.

According to a school news release, volunteers will only be collecting donations inside the entrance gates and buckets will not be passed around inside the stadium.

“The Red Cross is coordinating with community and government partners to address people’s urgent needs, providing support to those affected and assisting with recovery efforts,” the release said. “They are focused on shelter operations, providing a safe place to stay, a place to sleep, meals and referrals to partner agencies to those who have been displaced from their homes due to the flooding.”

Since flooding began last month, the Red Cross has provided shelter to accommodate more than 6,000 total stays and served more than 111,000 meals and snacks in the areas.

The Red Cross is estimating that its disaster relief efforts in the area will last at least two more months before the focus shifts to long-term recovery.

Nebraska is also selling shirts to help raise money for flood relief. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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