|Tree damage south west of town|
|Damaged irrigation south west of town|
We heard so many incredible stories while we were there. My uncle farms a lot of the land around town and had to clean up fields. He said the silverware from the church was thrown in a row right into the ground so that it was standing up. Many residents did not have basements because the town is in a flood plain. One of them went to the church in seek of shelter and was carried close to mile to the highway and had to walk back to town with a 2x4 in his leg.
It was encouraging to hear that many people will rebuild. New homes will not be allowed to have basements because of flood plain restrictions. This will deter some from returning to town. Homes in neighboring towns have been selling immediately as displaced residents need new housing. Pilger Days, the town festival, will still be held in a few weeks. It will be interesting to see how things have progress over the next several years.