November 28, 2014

Former state senator surveys tornado damage (VIDEO)

Two deaths and nearly two dozen people injured after Monday’s twin tornadoes hit Stanton County. Former State Senator Mike Flood from Norfolk rushed to Pilger after the storms and saw ambulances a mile long waiting to get into the community to transport those injured to hospitals.

Flood says victims were rushed to Faith Regional Health Care in Norfolk, Pender Community Hospital, Providence Medical Center in Wayne and at least one person was rushed to Omaha.

Flood says tornadoes also damaged or destroyed a number of farms. He says there were many children and families trapped inside the rubble and the Norfolk Fire Department went door-to-door in rural areas to make sure everyone was safe.

He says homes and buildings were completely lifted off their foundation. It is not yet known how many head of livestock were lost due to the storm.

Flood says to give you an idea of how powerful these storms were residents of Sioux City, Iowa were picking up checks from their yards marked St. John’s Lutheran Church – Pilger, Nebraska. Sioux City is 75 miles away.

Flood says all the hotels in Norfolk were full last night with storm victims. An emergency shelter is in operation at Wisner – Pilger High school.

Pilger residents are now allowed back in town to sort through the debris and salvage personal items.