NORFOLK, Neb. -- Major flooding in Iowa has prompted one Nebraska man to take action in helping out people in need.
Earlier this week, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds made a disaster declaration for the state.
“Businesses are shuttered, main streets have been impacted, hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities were evacuated,” Reynolds said. ”Cities are without power and some are without drinkable water.”
Many residents in the state are now displaced from their homes.
Austin Harrison, trucking and landscaping owner, is looking to help families in need.
“Whether it’s a penny or a dollar or a roll of toilet paper or a pack of toilet paper,” Harrison said. “Whatever you can possibly give up to help somebody else -- that’s really what we’re after here.”
Harrison is loading a semi-truck full of toilet paper, cleaning supplies, diapers, and all necessary products for victims of the flooding.
The semi will be in Norfolk until Saturday.
If it’s not full enough, it will stay until next week.
“I feel a lot of us have a lot to be grateful for,” Harrison said. “We just live in a pretty good part of the world and we can team up a lot of people to really help when we can in bad times like this.”
Harrison remembers five years ago when Nebraskans were affected by major flooding in the state.
He said it was neighbor helping neighbor during the 2019 flooding.
“I watched a lot of people from out of state come up and help us and I thought it’s time for us to pay back,” Harrison said.
Harrison said all donations are accepted but necessities like clothing, non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, and bathroom supplies are the main items to give.
Harrison’s truck will be parked behind Our Savior Lutheran Church in Norfolk and accepting donations through this week.