Four Generations Of Pilger Family See Home Demolished

Four generations of a Pilger family sees their homes demolished after tornadoes ravaged the small town.

The Thies family has homes throughout the town, and half of them were destroyed in last week's tornadoes.

Sarah Thies, now living with her family of six in Wisner at a friends' home for free, says seeing an empty plot where her home used to be is emotional.

"I'm not sure what it's like yet I don't think it's completely all sunk in," said Sarah.

Her grandfather, Alvin Thies, visited his home one last time Sunday before the bulldozer demolished the house. He has lived there for twenty years and in the surrounding area for decades.

"It's just too hard to see it go," said Alvin.

Looking at the empty plots, Sarah says they want to rebuild, but some neighbors are already rethinking.

"I know a couple of our neighbors already decided to buy a house elsewhere and move but I think the majority of people I hope will come back," said Sarah.

Alvin, who has great-grandchildren, doesn't think he can start over.

"Because I'm 86 almost 87, and I don't think I'm going to rebuild," said Alvin.

Stanton County Sheriff, Mike Unger, says more than 75 percent of the town's homes will be demolished because the structure is unsafe.

Sarah hopes that the town will be restored so that future generations of the Thies' will be able to live in Pilger.


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