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Relief efforts underway in Pilger and neighboring towns

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Vanessa Brown,
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By all accounts, Pilger has seen mass destruction.  For a while, Autumn Biermann feared the worst. Her little brother, little sister and dad, taking cover from the storm.

 "The whole way out there, I couldn't cry, I couldn't do anything, I was just shaking," Beirmann recounts. "My mom kept calling me and telling me that they saw it touch down and that my dad called and said I love you guys it's coming for the house."

The Faith Regional Health Services R.N. lives in Wisner, but her parents place just north of Pilger was nearly leveled.

“Everything’s gone. Pigs were everywhere. We found photo albums, but the entire top of the house is gone. They found some of my mom's clothing like three miles north."

Red Cross Nebraska Region Executive Tina Labellarte says volunteers are already on the scene.
"They leap into action. Our volunteers are providing food, shelter, clothing, comfort and care from the very first moments of the disaster."

And so is the Salvation Army. Major Jamie Pennington says it's still early, but he's seen first hand, about 75–percent of the town is gone. He says it's far worse than beaver crossing.
"You never know when something like this is going to happen in your backyard or when you might be in a position when you need help"

They'll be providing food for survivors and first responders, along with emotional and spiritual support.

Pennington says trucks will be going back and forth from Lincoln daily. Donations can be dropped off at the salvation army headquarters there. They need things like water, gatorade and food. But say please no clothing – it becomes too overwhelming to sort. Money is also accepted. He says if you designate it for "disaster relief" 100–percent will go to help the tornado victims.

"It means so much to people. God is not in the winds, but God is in the help that comes afterward is how I like to think of it."
Helpers expect to be here at least a week or so. It will likely take months and years before everything is back together.
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