Pioneer Acres, Homestead National Monument of America, Hit Hard in Storms

Pioneer Acres, Homestead National Monument of America, Hit Hard in Storms
Tree Falls on Home, in Pioneer Acres Area

BEATRICE – The Homestead National Monument of America and adjacent Pioneer Acres Subdivision west of Beatrice was hard hit by high storm winds, Friday night.

:11                  “sounded bad”

Steve Leypoldt  has lived in the Pioneer Acres area for 40 years.

:07                  “out here”

There were no reported injuries in the subdivision, which Leypoldt says has been through a few severe storms and damage, in the past.

:06                  “were here”

The Pioneer Acres area was without power, Saturday morning.   Residents were surveying the damage from the storms that prompted tornado warnings for Saline, Gage and Lancaster Counties.

Tower Bent Over Building at National Monument

:06                  “right now”

Leypoldt says his property came through the storm alright, with no serious damage.

:06                  “might make it”

At the Homestead National Monument of America’s education center, several large trees were snapped, and a radio tower was bent over the top of one of the center’s buildings.   Tree branches littered the parking lot.   The Highway Four bridge near to the Education Center was partly blocked for a period of time Friday night, with members of a storm chasing team directing traffic through one lane of the highway in that area.

Along highway four farther east, tin from farm building damage was observed in ditches and fields, and a center pivot irrigation system was flipped over, north of the monument.

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