Tornadoes strike Nebraska

Damage assessments showed 13 Nebraska counties were affected by tornadoes that swept through the state.

BY SUSAN KIM | HALLAM, Neb. | May 23, 2004

Sunday's damage assessments showed 13 counties in Nebraska were affected by tornadoes that swept through the state Saturday.

Between 120 and 130 homes were either destroyed or had major damage, and 60 of them were in the town of Hallam.

Adventist Community Service opened a disaster distribution warehouse in Lincoln in a Kmart store. The Salvation Army was providing meals to tornado survivors and workers in Hallam. Mennonite Disaster Service was helping the American Red Cross with damage assessment in rural counties.

Fifteen people stayed in a Red Cross shelter overnight on Saturday.

The Nebraska state Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster coalition communicated via conference call on Sunday, and another phone meeting is scheduled for next week.

The town of Hallam is in southern Lancaster County, Nebraska, and appeared to be hardest hit after many confirmed tornado sightings were reported in the state Saturday.

The most affected areas are in southeast Nebraska.

Some areas across the state reported up to six inches of rain. At least 26,000 people were still without power Sunday morning.

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