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Jackson, Nebraska mayor recalls tornado devastation in 2001

Jackson, Nebraska has rebuilt after a tornado hit town 12 years ago. Jackson, Nebraska has rebuilt after a tornado hit town 12 years ago.

Siouxland is no stranger to severe weather, even tornadoes that tear apart entire communities.

It was 12 years ago, this August, the community of Jackson, Nebraska, took a direct hit from an EF2 tornado.

On the night of August 17th, 2001, those who remember can recall an eerie silence before the storm hit.

When it was done, the storm had flattened 10 homes and the telephone company. The roof off the town's only school was ripped off.

Mayor Brian O'Neill says Jackson is much smaller than Oklahoma City, but the experience is still the same.

"Just reminds you what happened here, of course, like I said, in a much smaller scale, but that's basically what our north side of town looked like, you know, but that was only two sides of a street, verses, you know, city blocks," said Brian O'Neill, Jackson, Nebraska Mayor.

Few signs remain of what happened here that day. Thankfully, the city was able to rebuild.

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