Aerial View of Tornado Destruction

Mother Nature left her mark on Stanton County Monday. An aerial view of the damage around Pilger shows what was left as four tornadoes made their way through the area.

John Knicely viewed the area damage with pilot Scott Olson from Lee Valley Inc, which is based in Tekamah.

Preliminary reports from the National Weather Service confirm four tornado tracks in Stanton County between 3:35 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. Monday.

From the air it appears about three quarters of the town of Pilger sustained heavy damage.

Grain bins in the middle of town along main street are now a twisted mess, the Middle School in town was damaged and many homes were blasted by the twister.

As often happens, the tornado skipped over some homes that have only minor damage, while nearby homes were nearly flattened.

The population of Pilger is just under 350 people and the impact on each resident and the community will be lasting.


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