Meadow Grove hit hard by Friday storm
Meadow Grove residents woke up to find flattened crops, trees uprooted from the ground, grain bins destroyed, even an irrigation system flipped upside down.
MEADOW GROVE, Neb. (KLKN) – Meadow Grove residents woke up to significant storm damage on Saturday.
Flattened crops, trees uprooted from the ground, grain bins destroyed, even an irrigation system flipped upside down.
“It’s the worst storm I’ve seen,” John Gauer, who has lived in the area for 16 years, said.
Many lost power in Meadow Grove on Friday night, with wind gusts topping over 60 miles per hour in the area.
“We’ve had storms with with high winds and we’ve had downed trees and whatnot, but for the size of trees that are coming down and for the amount of debris that there is, that was some serious wind,” Gauer said.
Gauer says community members commonly work together to clean up the mess.
“A lot of times, it’s neighbor helping neighbor to help get cleaned up,” he said. “Otherwise, it’s a lot of manual labor, unless you have equipment to move stuff.”
While farmers often have their crops covered by insurance, damaged crops can cause huge headaches for them.
“It’s a major hit,” local farmer Tim Wiese said.
Wiese, who lost a grain bin in the storm, says it will cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair, but he maintains that Nebraskans have been through rough storms and know how to roll with the punches.
“[It’s] just a little more stress,” he said. “The main thing is, nobody got hurt. The bin’s replaceable, the crops are replaceable, so, almost nobody gets hurt. It is what it is.”