HEARTLAND FLOOD: Farmers watch river, wait to see if planting is possible after flood

TEKAMAH, Neb. (WOWT) - Farmers near Tekamah, Nebraska should be getting ready to plant corn, but instead, they wait while fast-moving water moves down the creeks from the Missouri River, threatening their fields.

Quentin Connealy is a fifth-generation farmer. There is a flood advisory for the Missouri River for another week, which could mean more water on his fields.

"Hope for the best and the rest is up to the river. You never know about it," he said. "The river is so high right now, if we get any more rain there is nowhere for the water to go. So that flood potential is here for who knows how long until we get that river level down."

Connealy and neighbors have spent a long time cleaning up after the March flood. They've had to burn the land, move branches and debris like small trees and cornstalks.

"We will probably take a field finisher in there and get it opened up to help dry it out and then after that, we are hoping to plant into it," Connealy said.

The road near the farm was piled three-feet high with cornstalks and mud.

"We had about 800 acres under water and it's still too high to farm, " farmer Rob Olson said.

He said they desperately need sunshine and dry weather.

"Just an inch or two fast won't do us any good at all," Olson said.

The flood couldn't have been avoided, but Olson thinks the Army Corps of Engineers could have prevented a lot of damage.

"As far as I'm concerned, if they would keep their multi-purpose level on the dams down for five feet we could avoid this," he said.

For Connealy and other farmers, they watch and wait and talk to agronomists so when they can plant, they are ready.