North Dakota convoy heads for Nebraska with flood relief supplies

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As cleanup efforts continue in Nebraska some North Dakota farmers and ranchers are doing their part of help.

On a cool spring morning at a truck stop in Dickinson, the wheels began to turn in a relief mission headed south.

After seeing the impact of flooding in Nebraska Derek Jilek, of Dickinson, and his friend Chris Kubal, said they had the tools to help.

Jilek said, “I guess when you're helping or volunteering, I always heard that you do what you know. We know cows and we know trucking, so that's what we did."

The pair put out a call to the community hoping to get only a few more bales of hay. The result, they said, was amazing.

Kubal said, “We got milk replacer, you've got over $13,000 in one rig just in fencing, stuff that people just wanted to help."

Nine trucks carrying 180 tons of hay will help feed cattle.

Jilek said, “The giving was a lot. It was a little overwhelming."

They didn't have to make the trip alone. As each county ended and the next one began a new volunteer took the lead.

Sgt. Dan Kensinger, with the Stark County Sheriff's Department, said, “This was new to me. We've done funeral escorts and various other things. I've never escorted hay. So it'll be a new experience."

One by one, more trucks and more drivers volunteered to make the 600 mile journey to Fullerton, Nebraska.

Derek Jilek said more than 50 farmers and businesses sent supplies on their trucks. They are working with county officials along the way to make sure the roads they plan to drive have not been impacted by flooding.