A rich bottomland hay meadow that a northern Nebraska ranch family relies on to feed dozens of cows vanished beneath truck-size icebergs when the Niobrara River flooded earlier this spring.
Ann and Billy Kepler told the Lincoln Journal Star that the March flooding left their Keya Paha County property overrun by a wall of ice that stood 20 feet (6 meters) high and 200 yards (183 meters) wide. The ice has since melted, but it left behind a silt-filled layer of clay.
Ann Kepler says the foot of mud has turned the grass that would nourish their cows into a river bed.
They’ve also been clearing out debris and forgotten items washed from the river onto the meadow, such as Frisbees, floating tubes and bridge planks.