Local church collecting donations for flood victims in northeastern Nebraska

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP As the country unites to help the state deal with the impacts of the historic flood, a local church is jumping into action to help communities in northeastern Nebraska with relief efforts.

Saint Patrick's Catholic Church and Michelle Whips, also known as "Groovy Granny," are collecting donations to help families with clean up efforts in Lynch and surrounding communities.

"It's a place where they can get in and out to other counties, so it's kind of the mother house of everybody just coming together in that little community and grabbing what they need," said Kira Dimas. "It's kind of an outreach for them to go there, they're cooking for families and the families are able to go there and eat, and shower in a little town close by. They have opened the schools for people to shower."

Donations will be accepted through Monday from 8 am to 4 pm, or inside the church during after hours.

A second trailer will be available in the north parking lot of the church to collect fencing materials for farmers and ranchers in the area.

They are hoping to deliver the donations by Tuesday.

Dimas says fencing, shovels, buckets, gloves, and cleaning supplies are extremely needed. As well as water, non-perishable foods, toilet paper, dog and cat food, diapers, baby wipes, new pillows and blankets.