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ONE WEEK LATER: Community of Pilger, Nebraska remains determined

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PILGER, NE (KTIV) -

The community of Pilger, Nebraska officially reopened Monday night at 8 p.m.

That means people who's homes weren't destroyed can sleep in their own beds once again.

It's been a week since the twin tornadoes devastated the town of Pilger, Nebraska.

But, for many that devastation is now turning into determination.

"Well they finally realized what really happened what they really have to do. repair. replace," said Pilger resident Jim Petersen.

"I've noticed people getting back to life. I've noticed people starting to mow their lawns in some of the areas not affected. And somebody might question that, but these folks this is their home they have to live a normal life and move on," said Sheriff Mike Unger.

City officials say it's humbling to see the number of volunteers coming out to help cleanup and rebuild Pilger.

"Because of that you know it has not been swept off the map. And we don't expect it to be swept off the map it will come back if I have anything to say about it," said Kim Neiman, village clerk.

"I think the hope is coming from all the people that have donated stuff and have donated their time and just their words, kind words are helping out here," said Linda Hewitt.

Linda Hewitt and her husband spent the last 35 years living in Pilger. After the tornado they thought about not rebuilding, but it was their kids who convinced them otherwise.

"They said it wouldn't be right if we didn't rebuild back here in town, so we will probably rebuild again," said Linda Hewitt.

"Things are going really well. The cleanup efforts are going really well; and, you see I'm smiling!" said Kim Neiman, Pilger Village Clerk.

"All the volunteers that have come and help us get this town back in order again and rebuild again so we can rebuild," said Linda Hewitt.

Making every effort to bring life back to normal for residents.

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