Watch Nebraska Guardsmen airdrop hay by helicopter to hungry cattle stranded by flooding
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 22, 2019
Members of the Nebraska Army National Guard airdropped bales of hay from a CH-47 Chinook for stranded cattle after the widespread flooding this week, when rain and historic levels of melting snow poured into regional rivers.
Operation Prairie Hay Drop brought food to hungry bovines on Wednesday in the eastern part of Nebraska, according to a statement from the state's National Guard, which tweeted that the operation helped a fifth-generation farm family. Aerial photos and video showed cattle trapped on farmland surrounded by water.
It was the first time the state’s Guard had done an aerial hay drop since a 1949 blizzard, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
Today, the #NEGuard had the opportunity to provide some relief to a fifth-generation farm family whose farm was so devastated by the #NebraskaFlood, that you can barely tell there was ever farm land there to begin with.— NE National Guard (@NENationalGuard) March 21, 2019