Neighbors Pitch-In to Help Recovery

The long recovery ahead for those with storm damaged property was eased a bit as friends, neighbors and strangers pitched in to help.

D.J. Rees said, "My parents were down in the basement. They heard a huge crash and they saw a big chunk of metal in their front lawn."

The grain bin, a football field from the home, ended up a crumpled mess wrapped around the Tim and Sherry Rees home of 30 years.

D.J. said, "The ceiling completely caved in and all the fixtures are leaking."

As the roof got a temporary fix and the debris was being moved out of the way, some of the people who were helping with the recovery didn’t even know the family.

D.J. said, "They were driving by and thought we needed some help so they stopped."

Jim Muegge of Elkhorn told us, "This is what we do - neighbors helping neighbors. We've lived out here for 25 years and this is what we do."

While farm fields may separate them Tom Zoucha describes the acreages as a close knit neighborhood.

“We've all been helped by the Rees family,” he said. “So this is a matter of paying it forward and paying it back."


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