Residents and first responders are on clean-up duty after a tornado tore through the small village of Roseland yesterday afternoon in south-central Nebraska’s Adams County.
Fire chief Randy Klein said three homes were destroyed and another ten others were damaged in the storm. Thankfully, Chief Klein says, no one was seriously hurt.
“We can rebuild and clean up,” Klein says. “Now, if we can keep people out so someone doesn’t get hurt is the main thing until we get it all cleaned up.”
The storm ripped through town, southwest of Hastings, at about 4:20 yesterday afternoon with almost no warning. Klein describes having very little time to alert residents.
Klein says: “I got a phone call and was a mile and a half out of town, come in and hit the siren…so the siren was probably blowing a good minute before (the tornado) hit town or maybe a little longer.”
Power was out for much of last night as crews worked to clean up.
Roseland resident Kelly Timm describes the moment the storm hit.
“My kitchen is on the north side of the house and the storm came from the south side and it sounded like a big freight train,” Timm says. “I didn’t hear the sirens, it was so loud. All I saw was the building explode and the trailer go across the railroad tracks.”
Timm emerged from the mess and her mind turned to helping others:
“After the storm left, we went around the corner and saw that my neighbor, an elderly lady, her house had shifted off the foundation,” Timm says. “We went in and found her — she’s okay.”
Debris could be seen scattered throughout Roseland and the outlying areas. A tractor trailer was picked up and tossed across the railroad tracks on the south side of the village.
Elsewhere through town, garages were leveled, trees uprooted and power lines were down in the street. Fire Chief Klein called it the worst storm he’s ever seen in Roseland.
Story and photos by Brandon Peoples, KHAS, Hastings