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Corps of Engineers: Missouri River will rise but not flood this summer

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The experts predict higher-than-average runoff into the Missouri River this summer, but they’re quick to add, the waterway should stay well below flood stage and remain within its banks. Kevin Stom an engineer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water control office in Omaha, says they have adjusted their forecasts. “The 2014 calendar year […] Read More »

Tornado’s odd behavior still puzzles experts

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While there’s been much news coverage in recent weeks about the town of Pilger that was heavily damaged in a tornado last month, other areas of northeast Nebraska were hit by twisters that same day. Gary Frerichs, from the Cedar County town of Coleridge, lost his home in a tornado on June 16th — a […] Read More »

USDA: Despite weather troubles, most crops are doing well

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While strong winds, hail and flooding damaged some Nebraska crops in recent weeks, the latest USDA report indicates the growing season for many farmers statewide is going well. In the past week, temperatures were moderate and many areas saw adequate rain. Some growers changed out corn for soybeans this year, but the USDA’s Anthony Prillaman […] Read More »

Pilger residents need to mind flood plain rules when rebuilding

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The destructive path of the tornado that hit the northeast Nebraska town of Pilger last month went right through the flood plain. Bill Jones, with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, says any rebuilding that’s done will have to meet the flood plain management plan that was approved by the village about ten years ago. […] Read More »

Annual celebration will go on in July in tornado-ravaged Pilger

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While the northeast Nebraska town of Pilger strives to rebuild after a strike by twin tornadoes earlier this month, residents now have a local celebration to look forward to. During a weekend community meeting, Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger announced that the annual festival -will- take place, as always, on the third full weekend in July. […] Read More »

Progress is slow & steady in tornado-tossed Pilger

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The Stanton County Sheriff’s Department has been pulling extra duty since tornadoes ripped across the county in northeast Nebraska last Monday, wiping out much of the town of Pilger. Sheriff Mike Unger says his staff is continuing to do well, despite the lack of sleep. “We’re holding up, we’re going to get through this,” Sheriff […] Read More »

Climatologist sees severe weather giving way to mild (AUDIO)

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Severe storms have caused widespread damage in northeastern Nebraska, but the remainder of the summer looks mild to a state climatologist. State Climatologist Ken Dewey with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says June could well set a state record for tornadoes. “June 16, the day of the Pilger tornado, we had 15 tornado reports. June 17, […] Read More »

Morale improves as Pilger recovers from tornado damage

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Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger isn’t sure if the village of Pilger looks better or worse after volunteers have spent a week clearing away debris in wake of an EF-4 tornado. Unger says some of the cleared areas look like an atomic bomb went off. But, overall, Unger sees signs of improvement. “I think the […] Read More »

Federal aid could offset livestock losses from tornadoes (AUDIO)

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Livestock producers affected by the tornadoes in the Pilger area could receive some disaster assistance from the federal government. The Pilger tornado destroyed houses and businesses. It also hit livestock producers as well. Sen. Mike Johanns has met with producers in wake of the tornado. “They’ve got dead livestock. We’ve got to somehow figure out […] Read More »

Sen. Johanns: This has really been a tough week for northeast Nebraska (AUDIO)

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Sen. Mike Johanns has toured a Nebraska community hit hard by tornadoes and it reminds him of a devastating tornado ten years ago. “This has really been a tough week for northeast Nebraska,” Johanns tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call after his tour of the destruction left in the wake of an EF-4 tornado […] Read More »

Volunteers descend on Pilger to help in first step to recovery

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Nearly two thousand volunteers have descended on Pilger to help with the clean up after an EF-4 tornado destroyed up to three-quarters of the small community in northeast Nebraska. The devastation hit Erica Hanton of Omaha hard. She grew up in Pilger. “I spent a lot of my childhood here in Pilger. Every day, in […] Read More »

Gov. Heineman: Hardly anything is left in Pilger (AUDIO)

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Gov. Dave Heineman toured a devastated community and said recovery for Pilger has just begun. Heineman traveled to the small northeast Nebraska community of Pilger to observe first-hand the damage done by twin tornadoes. “It’s total devastation, massive damage, unbelievable damage,” Heineman told Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate […] Read More »

Presidential disaster declaration granted for earlier storm

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Federal officials have notified the state a request for a presidential disaster declaration has been granted for the parts of Nebraska hit by a May 11th storm system that produced strong thunderstorms, including tornadoes. Gov. Dave Heineman and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency requested the declaration in wake of widespread damage to public infrastructure, homes, […] Read More »

Authorities release identity of victims killed in northeast Nebraska storms

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Authorities have released the identities of the two killed in Monday afternoon’s tornadoes. Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger says five-year-old Calista Dixon was killed when the tornadoes struck the village of Pilger. The Cuming County Sheriff’s office reports that 74-year-old David Herout of Clarkson was killed in a one-vehicle accident east of Pilger. Officials believe […] Read More »

Twin tornadoes kill two, destory much of northeast Nebraska town

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Two people have been killed, much of the small community of Pilger gone, in wake of twin tornadoes that tore through the town in northeast Nebraska. One of the two killed was a five-year-old. Nearly 20 people suffered injuries in the storms; some serious. Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger reports the first tornado touched down […] Read More »