Wayne, NE continues recovery efforts more than a week after EF-4 tornado strikes
It's been more than a week since tornados swept through Siouxland causing destruction and devastation, but it will be many months before things get back to normal for those communities hardest hit like Wayne, Nebraska.
"The town has been more overwhelming than the actual tornado," Matt Krusemark said.
Matt Krusemark's house was swept away by the EF-4 tornado. Family members said the community immediately stepped up to the plate and offered to do anything they could to help out.
"Overall, we've just been very blessed to have the community pull behind them and support them. They've brought out food, they've cooked meals. They've offered many, many things," Krusemark's sister Valorie Slizoski said.
Krusemark said they were waiting for big machinery to come in and clear the debris. And, that's what Team Rubicon is there for.
"We have experience in volunteer management and disaster response and we bring a coordinated effort to manage the volunteers," Team Rubicon Volunteer Mark Wilson said.
On Saturday, Team Rubicon focused on cutting down the trees. Wilson said he cuts down trees as part of his daily job and he's happy to bring those skills to help those in need.
"It's a rewarding experience to use past training and my past experience through schooling and all that," Wilson said.
Once all the trees get cut down, then more volunteers will be needed to pick up the pieces.
The Krusemark family and Team Rubicon expect to need the help of more volunteers on Sunday to help pick up the debris.
And, those at the volunteer command center in Wayne hope people continue to help out.
Volunteer coordinator Alex Koch said more than 1,000 people have donated their time and energy.
The Wayne Community Center is acting as the hub for volunteer efforts.
They have a call center where people can phone in and get matched up to help those in need.
Koch said despite the need, the number of those lending a helping hand has shrunk.
"We would like to see a stronger force today, but hopefully tomorrow that will pick back up," Koch said.
Right now, Koch said there is a priority list for those in need.
Homes and farms are at the top.
If you're interested in volunteering, the first bus will leave from the Wayne, Nebraska armory at 9 A.M.
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