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Wakefield, NE hit yet again by strong storms in the area


Storm damage isn't new for the community of Wakefield, Nebraska, but it's certainly not something they're getting used to.

"We had multiple calls right away. We had calls for a structure fire, that ended up being a power line out on the ground, then we also had a semi jackknife accident, and also a report of another fire at the far end of our district. So we were getting kind of stretched thin at the time," says Adam Ulrich, the assistant fire chief in Wakefield.

Monday morning's storms littered Wakefield's city streets and blew into the rural areas, where cleanup is still going on after the devastating tornado of just two weeks ago.

"The damage that you see is from high winds and slight tornadoes. Same thing that we had last October when the tornado hit Wayne, about the same thing happened here. All the trees didn't fall in the same direction, so we know that it was rotating winds that brought them down," says Ulrich.

The National Weather Service has not confirmed a tornado in that area, but does say the wind was strong at the time.

After the storm, stories circulated around the town as people got out in to their streets to clear the mess. Many said they watched the storm pass, and the unbelievably powerful winds seemed to bring everything to the ground.

Highway 35 through town, and Highway 9 north of town, were closed as crews worked on power lines, but there was some good news after it was all over.

"There's been no structural damage that we've seen, other than maybe the occasional tree limb falling down on a garage, but no houses damaged," says Ulrich.

Ulrich says he watched the storm approach himself, and there's probably a reason Monday's damage was so significant.

"At the time we were not able to see any tornado on the ground. However, there was heavy rotation. By the time every one got back to town, there was tree damage, poles down,and pivots toppled," says Ulrich.

As the community of Wakefield stares down yet another long road of cleanup ahead, before cleanup from the first storm was even finished, officials say that everyone's got their fingers crossed for a change.

"To be perfectly honest, we're kind of starting to get tired of the weather pattern that we seem to be stuck in. Other than that, it's what we do. We just muddle through it, and do the best that we can," says Ulrich.

Ulrich says, in the true Midwestern spirit, the community is already out and working, not wasting any time, in picking up the pieces.

Wakefield is still in need of cleanup volunteers from the first round of storms.

If you'd like to help, call the Wakefield Fire Hall at 402-287-2574.

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