Security cameras capture moment tornado destroys townUPDATED 5:28 AM HST Jul 16, 2014Video Transcript
TOMORROW MARKS ONE MONTH SINCE THE TORANDOES IN PILGER.. BUT TONIGHT WE'RE SEEING A áNEW VIEW OF THE STORM. GOOD EVENING, I'M BRANDI PETERSEN. I'M ROB MCCARTNEY. NEBRASKA LAWMAKERS HOPE TO FAST TRACK FEDERAL AID FOR THE HUNDREDS OF TORNADO VICTIMS. AND THE GOVERNOR IS ASKING FOR áINDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE. TONIGHT... THOSE SURVIVORS GET A REVEALING LOOK AT THE HOMES. KETV NEWSWATCH SEVEN'S DAVE ROBERTS IS BACK FROM PILGER WITH TONIGHT'S BIG STORY. DAVE? WHEN FARMERS CO-OP RECOVERED ITS COMPUTERS FROM THE RUBBLE... NO ONE EXPECTED TO FIND ANYTHING THAT WORKED. MIRACULOUSLY...THE SECURITY CAMERA HARD DRIVES SURVIVED ... SHOWING PILGER'S FINAL MOMENTS. IT'S LIKELY SOME OF THE MOST POWERFUL SILENT FOOTAGE YOU'LL EVER SEE. INSIDE THE EF-4 TORNADO THAT LEVELED PILGER A MONTH AGO. HERE'S WHAT VICTIMS SAY IT SOUNDED LIKE. WE ADDED THE AUDIO, SO YOU CAN HEAR WHAT THEY DID. ("It wasn't even real until we were sitting down in that in pretty much the fetal postion..") ON THE OTHER SIDE OF EIGHT INCH THICK CONCRETE WALLS THE FARMERS CO- OP SECURITY CAMERAS ROLLED... AS 200 MILE PER HOUR WIND GUSTS RIPPED PILGER TO PIECES. SLOW THE VIDEO DOWN... AND SPARKS FROM SNAPPING ELECTRIC LINES LIGHT OF THE STREETS... ONLY FEET FROM PROPANE TANKS LEAKING FUEL. EVEN A LIGHTINING BOLT CAUGHT ON CAMERA.("How quick it moves in and throws that stuff around it. You know it is pretty amazing.") ("This vault saved Aaron, Ryan and four of there co-workers. Because it doesn't have windows they couldn't see what was going on outside.")("When they escaped, all they could see was rubble. and now becuase of there security video, they can see how it happened and just how lucky they are to be alive.")("We were all kind of getting sweaty in general just watching it. Reliving it basically..")("We didn't hear a whole lot our ears popping some windows breaking. Some boards smashing..") AS THE DUST SETTLED ... SURVIVORS COOLERS AND THE VAULT IN THE CO-OP STORE. EMERGING INTO AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT LANDSCAPE, MINUTES EARLIER.("I feel real lucky.That's wahy we made sure to save the vault that is at the office there. I think it saved our lives.") VIDEOS SURVIVED. YOU CAN WATCH THEM ON OUR WEBSITE... KETV DOT COM. BACK TO YOU. THE PILGER PLANNING COMISSION TONIGHT HELD THE FIRST OF ITS NEW, BI-WEEKLY MEETINGS. THERE HAS BEEN PROGRESS IN THE LAST 30 DAYS. THEY STARTED TEARING DOWN THE OLD SCHOOL LAST FRIDAY.. AFTER ALREADY CLEARING MANY DAMAGED HOMES AND BUSINESSES. AND THERE IS HOPE FOR WHAT'S NEXT.( Jake Runyon, 5th grade teacher The progress is amazing...if you would drive hasn't been a ton of progress but i work right over here at this lutheran church and a couple days after the storm to see it cleaned up is really awesome )(gregg Moeller: The town's still healing ...the acceptance, denial...all those different things I think they're finally starting to wake up..You're seeing a lot of places where people are rebuilding...there are some people that aren't coming bacK) SOME THINGS áARE COMING BACK THE FARMER'S CO-OP ALREADY HAS BLUEPRINTS TO REBUILD ITS GRAIN ELEVATOR... AND HOPES TO HAVE IT READY FOR THE FALL HARVEST.