Beaver Crossing continues cleanup from the May 11th storms that spawned numerous tornadoes in the area, causing widespread damage to the town and surrounding area in Seward County. Jodie Fawl, Public Information Officer for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says despite the work done over the past week since the storms hit, there remains significant cleanup still to be completed.
“Over this past weekend, the volunteers were doing a lot of work in town with restoration of the power. There’s a lot of debris around town, tree damage, and large piles of trees and housing. There’s a lot of work that still needs to be done,” Fawl says.
Over 200 homes were damaged in the Beaver Crossing area, with 16 completely destroyed and 22 sustaining significant damage. Fawl says that furniture and other furnishing are in need right now for damaged homes, as are towels and wash cloths. Fawl adds that volunteers are still needed and can register by calling the Seward County Emergency Management Office at 402-643-4722 or show up in person at the fire hall in Beaver Crossing.
Members of the Nebraska National Guard will remain in the area until Tuesday to assist local emergency managers. As many as 17 tornadoes struck eastern Nebraska on Mother’s Day with damage estimated at over $20 million.