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Volunteers make progress in Pilger, Governor visits

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By: Brittany Paris

bparis@klkntv.com

Monday’s twin tornadoes left a path of destruction through Pilger.

It’s been five days since the town was dealt a deadly dose of Mother Nature.

Terry Green has lived in Pilger for 20 Years. Her house, damaged beyond repair. She says it still hasn’t sank in.

"It's like a nightmare. Just trying to wake up," Green said.

She says her house will be torn down Saturday.

But Nebraskans are family, so volunteers from all over the state are there to help residents like Green.

"Nebraskans are a big family and when one of our family members gets hurt or suffers an injury or suffers a loss, the family needs to be there for them and help them out," Tim Clare, Lincoln, said.

Kendra Voss of North Bend knows about helping family. Her brother lost his home in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.

"This is my way of coming back and paying back all the help we received down in Oklahoma,” Voss said.

Volunteers are sorting through the rubble, making piles so the heavy equipment can pick it up.

They’re also looking for belongings, things that homeowners might want to save. Like a long lost wedding ring.

"She was washing dishes but lost it. They found it in the house today after 30 years it would've been missing," Francis Hunke said.

Hunke’s wife passed away five years ago, but he plans on giving the ring to one of his daughters.

Also in Pilger, Governor Dave Heineman. He spent the day touring the damage and thanking volunteers.

"I want every Nebraskan to know by contributing to Red Cross, sending water, Gatorade, whatever you want to do, being a volunteer. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you,” Gov. Heineman said.

He hopes they’ll be able to send in a presidential disaster declaration next week.

Progress has been made, but there’s still a lot left to do in Pilger.

They can always use more volunteers. They ask that you check in at Wisner-Pilger High School in Wisner.

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