Wet Conditions Slow Pilger Recovery

The weather is still putting pressure on Pilger. Two weeks after the devastating tornado damage there, the rain is delaying the recovery.

Seventy-five percent of the town was lost to the twin tornadoes.

Since then, thousands of volunteers have flooded in to help but recent rains have left the ground soggy. The heavy equipment sits mostly idle until things dry out.

Most of the town now sits in piles of debris.

Pilger Village Clerk Kim Neiman said, “That's Pilger back there. Those are houses. My house is in there. I mean, everybody's house - my neighbor's house, my next door neighbor, the one across the street, the one down the street, the one two streets over."

There's still a lot to do. Approximately 40 percent of the debris still needs to be collected. They’re waiting for dry conditions so the trucks and excavators can get back to work.


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