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Wayne County, NE couple loses family home, eight months after relatives lose everything in Wayne


"It was like, you could see through it. There were dark spots in it, there were light spots in it."

Ron Krusemark describes the tornado he and his wife watched across the fields.

They waited out the storm in their basement, and watched as total devastation of their property became a reality.

"I turned around and looked, and part of one building was laying in the walkway. It was blocked. So then I knew. And then we could hear the house creaking and cracking, so we knew it was taking the house," Krusemark said.

The farm and the home have been in the Krusemark family since 1909.

Ron says seeing the destruction is surreal.

"We came up the steps, and we had to step over stuff. It just can't be real. We just went through it last fall with our son," Krusemark said.

"It just feels weird now that we don't have a house, and neither do they," Traci Krusemark said.

Ron's son and daughter-in-law, and their three children, lost everything in the Wayne, Nebraska tornado, back on October fourth. Matt, Traci, and the kids stayed with Ron and his wife while trying to rebuild.

Both families said there were eerie similarities in the two catastrophes.

"Traci called us last fall and said, 'Our house is gone.' My wife had to call her and tell her that our house was gone. Theirs was gone at 5:18, and ours was gone at 5:20," Ron said.

Traci says when she and her husband came around the corner and saw the house for the first time, it was like taking a trip back in time, to eight months ago.

Wayne County, NE couple loses family home, just eight months after relatives lost everything in Wayne

"When we came out, it looked just like my house did when we came out here. Nothing here, everybody out to help, trees down, just a mess," Traci said.

Because Matt and Traci are renting a home while rebuilding, they've been coming to Grandma and Grandpa's when the storms get bad. But Monday night, they didn't have time, and it's a good thing.

"Matt's parents were safe, so I know we would've been okay, but all I can think is my kids would have had to go through that again," Traci said.

Ron says he's still in shock, but everything that really matters, is okay.

"When it takes your house, that's probably the main thing. But I guess, when nobody is hurt, we can be very thankful for that," Ron said.

If you're willing and able to help in the Wakefield area, Dixon County Emergency Management needs your help.

Volunteers need to meet at Wakefield Fire Hall before heading out to do clean up, to file paperwork for FEMA reimbursement reasons.

They're also keeping tabs to make sure everyone is safe and at the right location.

They're doing manual labor and trying to clear debris from the fields.

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