Picking up Pilger

It’s hard to wrap our head around the destruction a tornado can cause.

There’s not much left of Pilger, Nebraska — “The Little Town Too Tough to Die” — where the twin tornadoes struck yesterday.

This picture, for example, depicts what’s left.

Thanks to Google’s street view, we can compare the spot to what it looked like before — apparently, a town that had seen its better days and was losing its fight with time.

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Unfortunately, included in that block is the town’s volunteer fire department.

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The town’s bank…

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This…

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… became this:

We’ve seen this heartbreaking scene so many times before. An elderly woman, clutching what’s left — usually pictures. Based on other storms and scenes like this, it’s not out of the question that pictures and papers from Pilger ended up somewhere in Minnesota.