Holiday weekend activities on hold in Beaver Crossing

Posted By: Camila Orti

Clean-up efforts in Beaver Crossing are putting a damper on traditional Memorial Day weekend festivities.

Shells of houses and bare foundations are still visible in the town nearly two weeks after an EF-3 tornado swept through the community.

“We’ve primarily been stockpiling and now we’re starting to haul out what we’ve stockpiled,” Mayor Dick Pariset said.

Pariset is referring to dozens of piles of debris scattered around town. He estimates around 10,000 tons will have to be hauled to the landfill. All that work is putting the usual holiday weekend activities on hold.

“We may not open the pool this summer because of this storm,” Pariset said.

With a destroyed grandstand and a giant pile of debris in the outfield, America’s favorite pastime will have to wait. The traditional Memorial Day service at the local cemetery also had to be cancelled due to the damage.

One Nebraska family is looking on the bright side.

“We probably will have a picnic on the lawn, once we have a clear place to sit,” Karen Svehla of Lincoln said.

Svehla and about a dozen extended family members drove to Beaver Crossing from all across the state, foregoing camping and swimming to help Diane Frazier clean her yard.

“You couldn’t enjoy any kind of a holiday if you didn’t help the family member up on their feet, that should be priority number one,” Svehla said.

It was a surprise that Frazier says means the world to her.

“They’re always here for me, my whole family, you know I don’t ask but they’re here,” Frazier said, “they always are.”