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 tornado which he says lasted an unusual amount of time.
“That tornado just sat right on our place for about 20 minutes,” Frerichs says. “Meteorologists are still studying it, why did it sit right there.”
Frerichs says the response has been overwhelming and he is grateful for his neighbors.
“Every time we open the door, somebody’s bringing food. We’ve had so much help from the Red Cross, different churches,” Frerichs says. “I really feel that we don’t need anything. We’ve got each other, we’ve got a place to live, we’ve got food, insurance is going to take care of it. Everything we lost was just stuff.”
Volunteers have been helping with tree removal and farm field cleanup but more still needs to be done. The United Way of the Midlands is taking calls from people who want to volunteer.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton