Gov. Heineman Visits Pilger to Assess Tornado Damage
PILGER, NE — Disbelief--it was the same look on the faces of people from the small Nebraska town of Pilger. "City Hall's gone, the fire department's destroyed, public library is severely damaged. Midwest bank, we're trying to even see if it's structurally safe to go in and secure the contents. Obviously, there's money we need to account for," said Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger. Following the double tornado that tore through the town yesterday, Gov. Dave Heineman arrived this morning to assess the damage. Hugs were given and so was his promise to help. Having already declared a state of emergency, the National Guard is in Pilger lending a hand--and more help is on the way. "We'll expedite the process. FEMA has always been very very good to us. We've coordinated with them on a series of events over the years. So, we know the FEMA personnel very well," said Gov. Heineman. Even though the storm destroyed almost 75-percent of the homes in the town, Gov. Heineman is confident in the people of Pilger. When he spoke to them, he let them know it: "I know Nebraskans-- we're resilient. We're going to rebuild. This town is too tough to die, right?" With folks already getting to work, signs of hope remain.