Deadly tornado all but wipes Nebraska village off the map
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:29
June 17 - At least one person was killed and 16 others injured when a swarm of tornadoes struck several farming communities in northeastern Nebraska. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Residents are facing a massive clean-up, after this farming community was flattened by a swarm of tornadoes Monday night.
They struck several areas in northeastern Nebraska, some appearing two at a time.
One person was killed and at least 16 others were injured.
Winds of up to 165 miles per hour brought homes to the ground.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) JOSH STAUB, SAYING:
"The sirens started going and all the shingles started blowing through my yard. I watched my hot tub slide. And then everything lifted off of us. And the heater smashed over me and my buddy. We yelled at my buddy Donny because me and my buddy Ethan were pinned in between the two bricks off the bottom of our basement. We looked back at Donny, and we thought he was gone for a long time. We kept yelling at him and then we dug him out. We pulled the wood and bricks off him and dug him out. The three of us somehow were all fine. It killed my dog."
Home to roughly 350 residents, the village of Pilger appeared to bear the brunt of the storms.
Crushed vehicles and farming equipment litter the land.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DAVID DINKLAGE SAYING:
"All our machinery is in that machine shed. That's all gone. We can't farm the rest of the year because we got our planter, our combine our bailer, everything's in there. Can't feed the cattle now so it will just be rebuild."
After a direct hit by the super-cell thunderstorm system, rebuilding is all they can do.
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