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Nebraska assisting tornado-ravaged village of Pilger


PILGER, NE (WSAU) -- The storms that caused trouble in Wisconsin wreaked havoc in Nebraska Monday. The Village of Pilger was nearly wiped out by twin tornadoes that levelled many buildings, left two dead, and killed a large number of livestock.

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman saw the devastation for himself Tuesday.  “I did declare a State of Emergency so that all of the assets of state government are available to help the community of Pilger. It means right away, we’ve already activated twenty National Guard soldiers who are on standby and waiting as we try to figure out today how to best utilize them with security or whatever it may be.”

Governor Heineman says many state agencies have joined local emergency managers on scene in the tiny community.  “The State Patrol is in the area, the Department of Roads, the Department of Agriculture, NEMA, working with local emergency managers, law enforcement, fire fighters, everybody is working together in a very coordinated team effort.”

The Governor says the storm hit Pillger hard, but they will recover.  “The school was destroyed. The grain elevator was destroyed. Businesses were destroyed. Almost every home was hit, but let’s not forget the motto of this town, ‘The little town too tough to die.’ They’re resilient. They’ll rebuild.”

That storm system caused problems from Nebraska and the Dakotas through Iowa, Minnesota, and parts of Illinois and Wisconsin.