EF 3 Tornado: Clean Up Continues in Beaver Crossing
"It was windy, raining, we could hear hell," said Brian Boller. Boller and his wife hid in his storm cellar while the tornado took off his roof and destroyed his home. During the storm, Boller said he offered up a simple-desperate- prayer. "Please Lord, let us live through this," said Boller. "I took my phone out of my pocket because I was standing on the porch, and I said-the second one is coming-take cover now- take cover now!" said Donna Upton. Upton was at her in-laws house for the Mother's day storm. She said she had dragged her husband parents in the basement, and came up after the first storm hit. "The house -it just-it just literally shook," said Upton. Upton's in-laws house is destroyed after a huge tree fell on it during the storm. "I watched it come down, that's how I knew it was here, because the siren had already been hit," said Upton. The cleanup effort is underway in Beaver Crossing. Thousands of volunteers flooded the town of 400 people Wednesday to help get rid of the debris. "Every structure in this town had some sort of damage," said Boller. The National Weather service reported one EF-3 Tornado Sunday night. People in the town said they saw two. Either way, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency officials said, it'll cost $20 million to repair damages from the Mother's Day Tornadoes. "Conservatively, we will surpass $20 million in cost due to damage from the May 11th storm," said Earl Imler, response and recovery section supervisor for NEMA said. "Damage to power lines was extensive and that is one reason the numbers are that high." Both Upton and Boller said they aren't sure if they will return to their home town when clean up is done. "I'm undecided," said Boller. "My husband and I, we were saying we were not staying, but we probably will because this is family," said Upton. Boller said even though his house will have to come down, he's thankful the a kind stranger that made his life a little easier. "I couldn't get into my house hardly, because there is tree debris everywhere, and I came back the next day and all the trees were gone," said Boller. The Army National Guard is in Beaver Crossing, along with other disaster relief services. Volunteers are still needed to help clean up. Volunteers must be at least 19 years old, and are encouraged to bring a rake, gloves, sunscreen, long pants, and work boots. If you plan on volunteering, you must head to the Volunteer Fire Department in Beaver Crossing to have your ID scanned and badge printed.
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