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Pilger: Before and after

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By: Brittany Paris


Pilger looks nothing like it did. And you get a better image of that with before and after pictures.

Flattened houses, splintered trees, entire structures taken down. A town nearly wiped off the map by dueling twin tornadoes.

We’ve heard it time and time again, Pilger looks like a war zone.

On Wednesday, we walked down First Street.

The Farmer’s Co-Op is destroyed. The roof is mostly gone, leaving hanging insulation, snacks left on shelves and drinks stand in the destroyed coolers.

But the Farmer’s Co-Op does plan to rebuild.

"Just one step at a time. It'll get there and you know, our adjuster like he said, it's slow, but then all of a sudden one day you look and you're like we've got a lot done. So it's coming along," Farmer’s Co-Op President, Aaron Becker, said.

Just down the road, a trailer, the same one 5-year-old Calista Dixon lost her life in.

Today the lot is full of debris, a teddy bear marks the young life taken much too soon.

And across the street, Midwest Bank. The walls were peeled off in the tornado, but still standing, the safe where bank employees took shelter.

Although the buildings are tattered and the lots are leveled, Pilger is slowly picking up the pieces.

"I'm very confident that they will rebuild, stronger than before," Sen. Lydia Brasch, District 16, said.

"Trying to work forward. I think there's been a lot of progress made, but as you can see as much progress as has been made there's still a lot of work to be done," Stanton County Sheriff, Mike Unger, said.

Officials say about 75 percent of Pilger is destroyed.

At last check, Calista Dixon’s mom, who was also injured in the tornado, is still in critical condition.

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