When the floodwaters rose in early March, no one could have predicted the damage the fast-moving water would leave behind.

As the water receded, Nebraskans returned home to find their homes damaged or destroyed, livestock had been killed and agricultural fields filled with sand.

Highways and roads were also severely damaged.

In Washington County, large portions of U.S. Highway 30 west of Arlington are missing. Pictures show what looks like a lake now occupying the space where thousands of vehicles traveled every day between Fremont and Blair.

Washington County Emergency Manager Dan Douglas estimated the wash out could be 40 to 50 feet deep.

It's a very similar image on state Highway 91 at the Dodge-Washington county line.

Last week, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) outlined the recovery process during a press conference.

Repairs on Highway 91 east of Nickerson had begun, while work on Highway 30 was anticipated to start “very quickly.”

But the NDOT stressed the need for patience. While it took only a few days for the damage to occur, it will take months for rehabilitation to be completed.

It's important to be understanding. While it may be an inconvenience to drive an extra 20 to 45 minutes to get to your destination, think of others who lost more than just a road. Some lost everything.

It will take time for the state to heal — both physically and emotionally — from the devastating flooding.

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