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UPDATED: INFORMATION: What can I do to help?



Test results for water samples in Pilger have tested negative for coliform, so the boil alert for Pilger has been lifted. Residents should run water from each tap for 3 to 5 minutes to flush out the line as a precautionary step.

The Village of Pilger will hold a community meeting Saturday, June 28 at 1:30 p.m. in the park. The meeting will cover an update of recovery progress and rebuilding. Representative from the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources will present information on flood plain rebuilding and answer questions. “As we continue to recover from the June 16 tornado, it’s understandable that residents will have questions about the rebuilding process,” said Kim Neiman, Village Clerk. “We would like as many village residents to attend as possible so they can receive this important information.”

The Knights of Columbus Columbus Council 938 will be hosting a lunch in Pilger at the village park on Saturday at noon. Volunteers, citizens of Pilger and rural Stanton families affected by the tornado are invited to attend.

Kim Neiman, the Pilger village clerk, has a temporary office, until further notice, in a trailer in the village campground. She will plan to have someone in the trailer to take messages when she's not there.

Gas service has been restored in Pilger. Contact Black Hills Energy at 888-694-8989 if you need emergency assistance with your gas connection. Non-emergency requests can be made at 888-890-5554.

Updated contact information is needed from residents of Pilger displaced by the storm. Please contact the Village Clerk at 402-396-3563 or by stopping at the temporary Clerk’s office in the village campground.

A fund has also been established at the Midwest Bank for the tornado relief efforts. Donations can be mailed to: Pilger Community Development Fund, c/o Midwest Bank, POB 346, Pilger NE 68768. Donations can also be dropped off at any Midwest Bank location.
Other funds to help victims in Pilger, NE:Pilger/Stanton Tornado Relief Fund

Stanton State Bank

PO Box 437Stanton, NE 68779

Needing more information about volunteering in Pilger? Call the volunteer organizers at Wisner High School at 402-529-3249


Stanton Tornado Relief Fund
Stanton State Bank
PO Box 437
Stanton, NE 68779


Here is the volunteer information for those wishing to help clean up in the Wakefield area. Thank you!

Volunteering in Wakefield:Volunteers should check in at the Wakefield Fire Hall at 405 Main St. between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Wear work clothes, long pants, and sturdy, closed-toed shoes. Volunteers need to be at least 19 years old or bring parental consent. Volunteers who have equipment or who can offer specialized skills, such as chainsaw and heavy equipment operation, or with trucks and trailers to haul debris, are asked to call the hotline for placement (402) 287-2574. Homeowners should also call the hotline with volunteer requests.

Volunteering in Wayne and Dixon County:

Persons who want to volunteer for tornado recovery in Wayne and Dixon County should report to the Wakefield Fire Hall, 405 Main St. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily until further notice. Suggested minimum age of volunteers is 19 years, or bring parental consent if younger.


The Volunteer Reception Centers and hours are as follows:


· Check in at the Coleridge Community Center 111 S. Main St., Coleridge.

· Crews plan to begin work at 8 a.m. and will work until late afternoon/early evening

· The Volunteer Reception Center will remain open on Saturday through 3 p.m.

· Transportation will be provided to areas to clean up. Please bring gloves and buckets.

· Sunday – Work will begin at 11 a.m. and last into the late afternoon/early evening hours. The Volunteer Reception Center will remain open through 4 p.m.


· Check in at the Laurel-Concord Public School 502 Wakefield St.

· Sunday June 22, 2014 – Laurel Group Only – no planned volunteer effort on Sunday.

The United Way of the Midlands will take calls from people who wish to volunteer but are not available this weekend.

In addition, a hotline has been established to help match volunteers with those in need

· To volunteer call 2-1-1 or 866-813-1731 if outside the area.

· If in need of volunteers call (402) 283-9111 with details of need and where volunteers are needed.

Volunteers MUST be 18 years old. Wear work clothes and gloves. Busses will run as needed to transport volunteers and eliminate parking & traffic at farmsteads.




Monetary donations for the Laurel Tornado relief can be made at Security Bank-Laurel, 202 East 2nd, Laurel, NE 68745.

Monetary donations for the Coleridge Tornado relief can be made at Security Bank-Coleridge 101 West Broadway, Coleridge, NE 68727. For Coleridge call 211.

Materials, supplies and donations for Coleridge can be taken to the Village Office at 111 South Main in Coleridge, Nebraska.

Contact the Laurel City office for the drop off point for material/supplies for Laurel. For Laure, call 402-256-9614 for more information.

Rock Valley officials are asking for assistance in clearing debris from homes and curbs as well as assisting residents and the city clean up grounds after the floods. Interested volunteers are encouraged to call the helpline that's been used to organize the volunteer and assistance effort. The helpline will be open on Saturday, June 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by calling 712.451.HELP.

"We have made great strides over the last several days. This weekend we are hoping to help residents clear items from their yards from things they have taken out of their homes," says Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo.

A dump site, located at the parking lot of the Netherlands Reformed Church and West of the Christian School at the Old Block plant, will be opened up over the weekend for residents to bring damaged items to be hauled away. Volunteers are needed to help residents remove items from their homes and yards and bring to the dump sites. The city will also begin to clean the campgrounds and other city properties affected.

City Administrator Tom Van Maanen says, "This will be our last organized push to collect a large amount of damaged items and haul them away."

"Volunteers have helped save residents and the city a lot of money because how quickly things have progressed. We are so grateful of the willingness of our community," said Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo.


The city of Akron says at this time volunteers are not needed. They will assess the damage once the flood waters have gone down.

Call 712-568-2041 if you have questions.

The highway going into South Dakota from Akron will close at approximately 9:00 p.m. (6/17/14) and will remain closed until further notice. The river is expected to crest Thursday night with the current conditions. If there is more precipitation, that time frame could vary. Please use extreme caution when driving...PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE ON A ROAD THAT IS FLOODED!

Iowa Area United Methodist Churches have donated 20 Flood Buckets (5 gal. buckets full of cleaning items) to anyone that is in need of them. Please stop in the City Offices or call 712-551-2565 to reserve one.


Regular press releases will be provided to keep the citizens updated and information is also on the City of Sioux City Facebook, Twitter.com (locatesiouxcity) and at www.sioux-city.org.


A hotline has been set-up to help Union County residents who sustained flood losses due to flooding.

Home and business owners experiencing damage from the Big Sioux River can call the Union County Flood Hotline at 877-377-0941.


All shelters set up by the American Red Cross in Sioux City have closed.  Victims are getting assistance through individual placements.  The Red Cross is asking for help in identifying those impacted by flooding, especially in rural areas.  Those in need of help should call 712-252-4081.

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