‘Only God can do that’: How Nebraskans are reconciling faith and flooding

Winter Weather Flooding

People view the rising waters from the Platte and Missouri rivers, which flooded areas of Plattsmouth, Neb., on March 17, 2019. Hundreds of people remained out of their homes in Nebraska, but rivers there were starting to recede. The National Weather Service said the Elkhorn River remained at major flood stage but was dropping. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Source: Religion News Service

LINCOLN, Neb. (RNS) — In the days following major midwestern floods this spring, people of faith prayed for their neighbors and got busy lending a hand.

They also turned to their beliefs to make sense of a disaster that washed away homes and roads, leaving more than a billion dollars of damage in its wake.

For members of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, the floods came at a sacred time, when the Ponca people celebrate the arrival of spring and the new year with the first thunderclap.

Some took to Facebook to celebrate: “First thunder!”

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