State Patrol provides assistance after tornado

Thursday, June 18, 2009
Remains of a home destroyed in the tornado. (Nebraska State Patrol).

GRAND ISLAND -- The Nebraska State Patrol provided assistance to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Hamilton County Emergency Management in the wake of Wednesday night's tornado, which struck just west of the city of Aurora in northwest Hamilton County.

The Nebraska State Patrol Mobile Command Post (MCP), Air Wing (helicopter) and numerous troopers assisted emergency personnel in assessing and securing property damaged by the storm

The tornado which struck about five miles west of Aurora damaged a pet food plant, and a home near US. Highway 34. The storm also downed trees and power lines and derailed numerous railroad cars.

Train cars derailed by the twister. (Nebraska State Patrol).

A portion of U.S. Highway 34 west of Aurora to the Giltner Spur which had been closed following the storm, reopened to traffic around 8 a.m., Thursday.

A pet food plant was damaged in the storm. (Nebraska State Patrol).
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