Twin Tornadoes Level Pilger, Kill Two

PILGER, Neb. -- (6-17-14) A small child is among the two people killed after two large tornadoes ripped across northeast Nebraska Monday afternoon.  

The Stanton County Sheriff's Office says 5-year-old Calista Dixon died at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, where 18 people were treated and four remain in the hospital.  Another person, 74-year-old  David A. Herout, of Clarkson, Nebraska, died in a vehicle in Cuming County.  

Just before 4pm Monday, a tornado hit a farm house which served as a daycare, west of Stanton.  Emergency crews found five people in or around the wreckage.  

The village of Pilger took a direct hit, leveling a large portion of the village 20 miles east of Norfolk.  Emergency crews found victims with critical injuries.  Providence Medical Center in Wayne took in three patients from Pilger with cuts. Pender Community Hospital saw three people. One remains in stable condition. 

Around 7 a.m., Tuesday, Pilger residents were meeting near the intersection of Highway 15 and Highway 275 to get belongings.  Nebraska Emergency Management said Pilger residents were bused to the Red Cross Shelter at the Wisner-Pilger High School in Wisner.  A team of Nebraska Emergency Management Agency staff members will arrive to provide support to the local response.  Governor Dave Heineman will tour areas around Pilger and northeast Nebraska hit hard by the deadly twisters.


Stormchaser/researcher Reed Timmer snapped this photo immediately after a pair of tornadoes swept through Pilger in northeast Nebraska on Monday. (Courtesy of Reed Timmer/TVN Weather)