Gov. Heineman Surveys Storm Damage in Pilger

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PILGER, Neb. -- Gov. Dave Heineman traveled to Pilger Tuesday morning to survey storm damage caused by Monday’s severe storms. At least two people were killed in the tornado-ravaged town.

The Governor was joined by Nikki Weber, Preparedness Section Manager of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

Heineman first saw the damage from the air in a National Guard helicopter.

He then walked around the village of Pilger.

Heineman is comparing the devastation to that of the Hallam tornado that destroyed the town in 2004.

"People have lost their home, they've lost their business. We want to get an assessment as quickly as we can. Find out whether insurance will cover that. We can figure that out through all of our emergency management agencies. Again, we had two fatalities. Those are going to be the things that are tough to make it through," Heineman said Tuesday.

Gov. Heineman has declared a state of emergency and National Guard troops are available.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer released the following Statement on Nebraska Tornado Damage:

“The damage from yesterday’s tornadoes is simply devastating and the loss of life, serious injuries, and near complete destruction of Pilger is heartbreaking. My staff and I are in close contact with state and local officials and we stand ready to help secure federal assistance as needed. I continue to pray for the families and communities impacted by these storms and I encourage anyone needing assistance to contact my office directly.”