During the afternoon of Monday, June 16, 2014, several tornadoes touched down in northeast Nebraska. Later that same evening, the Nebraska State Patrol conducted a helicopter flyover of tornado damage at the request of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The Nebraska State Patrol has a Bell 407 helicopter. The helicopter's video equipment was purchased with the use of US Department of Homeland Security grant funds.
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Approximately 300 rural homes were without power Tuesday from a tornado that cut a swath of destruction through several communities in northeast Nebraska.
As the mother of two small boys, Jen Preston, 34, said the death of Calista Dixon, 5, hit close to home.
Pastor Terry Makelin stands inside the cramped mobile trailer that serves as a temporary office and sanctuary for St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pilger and explains life in the Stanton County village.