Volunteers were in their second full day of clean-up in Pilger on Thursday. The EF4 twisters that ripped through and near the town Monday will have residents and volunteers busy for weeks.
Volunteers arrived at 7 o’clock Thursday morning with 12-hour shifts ahead of them.
The focus is on moving large and heavy debris out of the town. Approximately 80 percent of the town was leveled including all of Main Street and at least 50 homes.
Many of those affected are hopeful the town will rebuild but know it will be a long haul.
Linda Oertwich owns Pilger’s Village Café and Bar and she said progress was, “good” on Thursday. “Really good,” she said. “Getting a lot done, a lot accomplished. A lot of volunteers, it's great. We're all working together. It's absolutely devastating of course, but the help is wonderful."
Volunteer Christina Teager said, "That's what friends do. You got to help each other out. I mean, you can't do it on your own. There's a lot to do here."
Nearly 2,000 volunteers showed up Thursday. That's about the same number we saw Wednesday.
If you would like to volunteer, there are requirements. You must be at least 18-years-old, show up in construction gear and register at the high school in nearby Wisner.