HEARTLAND FLOOD: Volunteers clean up Gifford Farm, make way for return of animals

BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - Animals are slowly making their way back to Gifford Farm.

The farm has been closed since the Heartland Flood in March and has been unable to host the usual spring school programs and field trips.

Big changes have been taking place at the farm thanks to the help of volunteers.

Layers of silt and mud were cleaned up to allow the animals to return home.

The pigs were some of the first ones brought back. They were joined by sheep, goats, chickens and a calf.

"Instead of our focus just being cleaning and mud, and pulling things out, of now we're doing our morning chores and feeding all the animals. It just does feel much more normal," Gifford Farm Director Nancy Williams said.

The staff said the return of the animals brought a sense of normalcy back to life on the farm.

"Oh, it feels so good. The next best thing is we'll be having kids back on the farm," Williams said.

Volunteers have been helping to repair the farm six days a week since the flood.

The goal is to be up in running the first week of June.