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Wayne family loses home during storm

This pile of debris is all that remains of Matt Krusemark's home in Wayne, Neb. This pile of debris is all that remains of Matt Krusemark's home in Wayne, Neb.

"It's all gone in a matter of minutes."

Of all the people touched by the tornado in Wayne, Neb., perhaps no one was affected more than Matt Krusemark, his wife Traci, and their three children.

"My wife said, 'there's a tornado spotted south of Wayne,' and that we needed to get in the house," said Krusemark.

But the Krusemark family had no idea what they were preparing for.

"It got really quiet, and I heard it coming through the cornfield, and I headed for the basement and closed the door behind me," added Krusemark. "And then seconds later, the roof was gone, and I could feel the suction of the door getting pulled, and gravel's hitting us in the face and the kids are screaming. It was just chaotic."
And so was the aftermath: downed power lines, a pile of furniture, and an empty foundation.

"We came up out of the basement, and this was it," said Krusemark.

Once the tornado passed, Matt and his family would have come up through the stairwell to find what was left of their home. But there was a couch lodged in the space, forcing them to go out the window at the front of the house.

"I just felt we had to get out of there," said Krusemark. "I didn't know if the propane tank was leaking or if there was fire. So I cranked it open and hollered at the family to get over here, let's get out of here."

Matt knows that if it wasn't for the home's storm shelter, this could have been worse.

"My father in law said last night, 'When I first saw that storm shelter, I thought that's pretty nice to have,' and it might have saved our lives," said Krusemark.

The good news for Matt and his family - he says that as many as 125 volunteers showed up to help with the cleanup efforts.
And, as for the Krusemark children, they are safe and sound at Matt's parent's home in Wakefield, Nebraska.

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