HEARTLAND FLOOD: Volunteers help Gifford Farm recover from flood

BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - What's usually a busy month of school field trips at Gifford Farm has become several weeks of flood cleanup.

Volunteers have spent two weeks helping put the farm back together.

Mud left behind from the Missouri River still coats the property.

The director said the farm flooded quickly and the whole property was underwater in a couple of hours.

Usually, students can visit and learn about farming and agriculture, but there's not a lot left to learn from.

The staff said all of their outdoor education experiences were washed out, and water flooded all of the buildings except their office that sits on a hill.

The farm even lost a handful of larger animals that they couldn't get out in time, as water levels rose as high as six feet in some areas.

"Our llama, our donkey, our two ponies and our two other full-grown sheep," Nancy Williams said.

The loss is not taken lightly.

"They were all my children. I was here when they were little babies. All of them," Paul Pervis said.

The staff is grateful for all of the help volunteers have provided.

"Takes the burden off our backs. it's going to take a long time, even with many, many hands and strong backs. It's gonna take a long time to get all the dirt, all the mud, all the garbage out of here to get back on track for hopefully this fall," Pervis said.

Many schools have had to reschedule field trips to as far away as next year.