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Wayne, Neb. marks six month anniversary since tornado tore through town

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The town of Wayne Nebraska is taking spring cleaning to a whole new level. The town of Wayne Nebraska is taking spring cleaning to a whole new level.
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WAYNE, NE (KTIV/US92) - It's been six months since a damaging tornado blew through Wayne, Nebraska. The community continues to rebuild after the storm, but the town is kicking spring cleaning into high gear.

The spring season is one where many towns spruce up their community. The town of Wayne Nebraska is taking spring cleaning to a whole new level. The community is six months removed from an EF-4 tornado that touched down and wiped out much of the town's east side. After the initial shock of what happened, business owners affected immediately turned their thoughts to the rebuilding effort.

"These guys know what they want to get accomplished and they mean business," says Ken Chamberlain, Wayne's Mayor. "When they set their mind to something to get things rebuilt, that exactly what is going to happen. You see that now as you drive through six months after."

In Wayne, construction companies are hard at work, trying to rebuild the community for the better.

"That's just the mentality that the people of Wayne have," says Chamberlain. "Sure, we got hit. We got hurt, but it's not going to change our life. We are still standing and the only way it's going to change our life is for the better."

The Pacific Coast Feathers plant that was destroyed in the tornado in October. The owners were one of the businesses that decided against rebuilding in Wayne. Now, despite the loss of the plant, Chamberlain says he is thankful that the damage didn't extend further west into town.

"The town of Wayne is about a mile and a half wide and that's about the width as the tornado," says Chamberlain. "If this were to come up Main Street or half a mile to the west, this would be a whole different interview."

While the rebuilding continues for the residents of Wayne, a way to remember the recent past is being drawn up.

"Yeah, I think the intention is to have some sort of celebration at the one year anniversary," says Chamberlain. "A month before the tornado, we had just dedicated the new hanger and terminal building. I think we want to do a re-dedication of that."

Chamberlain says they want to do other things around the community to thank the businesses that did stay.
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