Buildings destroyed

A BUILDING is left in ruins after tornadoes struck Pilger Monday afternoon. Widespread damage from Monday afternoons tornadoes that significantly damaged the majority of Pilger.

Despite the damage done to the Pilger branch of Midwest Bank on Monday, a bank official said customers’ financial records and information remain intact.

Doug Johnson, chief executive officer of Midwest Bank, said that while the building itself was destroyed, all records and computers are backed up, so there was no loss of customer information.

Safe deposit boxes from the Pilger branch are safe and secure, he added.

“The bank is under 24-hour security and will continue until all documents and equipment can be removed,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the bank expects virtually no disruption in service. As recovery efforts continue there, Midwest Bank clients can conduct business at any Midwest location in Norfolk, Pierce, Plainview or Creighton.

The bank’s insurance agents will be working in the Midwest Bank location at 25th Street and Benjamin Avenue.

“The community of Pilger is very important to the history of Midwest Bank and holds a special place with us,” Johnson said. “We are committed to help rebuild Pilger and help the community live up to its motto of ‘The Town Too Tough to Die.’ ”

Mutual aid provided

Nebraska Public Power District line technicians are providing mutual aid to hard-hit areas of Stanton County and Northeast Nebraska following Monday's devastating tornadoes.

Crews have been assisting with the restoration of sub-transmission and distribution lines with line crews from Stanton County Public Power District and Northeast Nebraska Public Power District.

Line technicians from South Sioux City, O'Neill, and Ainsworth are assisting Stanton County and line technicians from Norfolk, Tilden, Ainsworth, Ogallala, and McCook are assisting Northeast Nebraska as part of the restoration.

One steel lattice tower on the Hoskins substation was destroyed by the tornado. NPPD plans to have a temporary structure in place so that the line can be re-energized.