Communities like Arlington were tasked with cleaning up what floodwaters left behind after swollen rivers submerged a massive chunk of eastern Nebraska.
The Washington County Fairgrounds in Arlington are located only about half a mile from the Elkhorn River, which experienced record flooding in March 2019. As a result, fairground buildings, 4-H club offices and facilities, food stands, and arenas were left under about four feet of water and sewage.
Alyssa Spartz is a fifth-year senior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) double-majoring in Emergency Management and Psychology with concentrations in Public Health and Nonprofit Management and a minor in Sociology.
When the University of Nebraska put out a call searching for students to assist in flood recovery efforts, Spartz didn’t hesitate.
“When I first heard about the flood serviceship program, I was interested in it from an emergency management major perspective, but also because I wanted the chance to help out local Nebraska communities after the flooding,” she said.
The Honors Program student has joined fair workers and other volunteers in power-washing, sanding, and painting the fairgrounds to have the facilities in top-notch shape by the time the Washington County Fair kicks off on Friday, July 26.
“It’s been hot and hard labor, but definitely something that I would do again.”
Watch the video above to learn more about Alyssa Spartz’s involvement in the NU Flood Serviceship program.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.