In wake of a devastating tornado, recovery begins in Wayne.
The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency now reports the tornado that tore through the east side of Wayne Friday evening has been categorized as an EF3 tornado.
Fifteen residents suffered injury. One person suffered critical injuries. All residents have been accounted for.
The tornado damaged at least 10 homes and a couple dozen businesses, according to NEMA.
Gov. Dave Heineman plans to fly over the region to survey the damage on Sunday.
NEMA staff has made preliminary damage assessments and will provide help to the local response teams.
Wayne Mayor Ken Chamberlain estimated damage to the community in the millions of dollars.“The rebuilding process will be lengthy,” Chamberlain said in a written statement released by NEMA. “It’s really heart wrenching to see all the damage, but I have all confidence in this community. We have had a ton of volunteers. It’s been phenomenal.”
Tetanus shots will be provided by the public health department on Sunday, between 1pm and 4pm at 215 Pearl Street for anyone injured in recovery and response.
The Nebraska Hazardous Incident Team and the Norfolk Fire Department’s hazmat team controlled a leak on a propane line. Above ground fuel tanks have been inspected.
The National Weather Service reports damage from the tornado began six miles south and southwest of Wayne. The NWS says the tornado was at least an EF3.