By Karynn Brown
April 3, 2019

The spring flooding in Nebraska has left many communities throughout the state seeking help and reeling from the trauma of the floods.  After snowstorms and snowmelt burst dams and surged rivers, the state is estimating 400 million dollars in damages to both farms and livestock.

Lincoln was no stranger to the flooding woes as temporary water restrictions were placed on the city two weeks ago.

As such, many groups and people working throughout the state have been raising money and supplies to help flooding victims get back on their feet. Nebraska Strong, a day of giving for flood relief across the state encouraged several large donations and many businesses to donate a percentage of profits to the American Red Cross. Altogether the Nebraska Strong efforts raised 441,000 dollars for the cause.

Lincoln’s music scene has decided to pitch into these efforts by planning a benefit concert for this weekend at Duffy’s Tavern and The Bourbon Theatre.

Flood Fest 2019 will take place Saturday, April 6th at 6:00 p.m. The evening features ten local bands across both the Duffy’s and Bourbon Theatre stages. Acts for this weekend include Chris Bowling, Autumn Paradox, Scott Severin, Verse and the Vices, Cobras, Griffoctopus, Pure Brown, Wendy And The Lost Boys, Ghost Town Radio and No.13 Machine.The $5 suggested donation at the door, as well as donations from a raffle will go towards the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster Country.

Concert-goers and supporters are encouraged to buy raffle tickets or give donations throughout the week, which can be done at the Duffy’s bar.

United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County has a vision to “inspire and engage all citizens to support and solve human service needs.”

Karynn Brown is an editorial intern with KZUM.