Security camera at Nebraska Farmers Co-Op captures video of devastating tornado
Pilger, NE (CNN) - It's been one month since tornadoes tore through the small town of Pilger, Nebraska. When a Farmer’s Co-Op recovered its computers from the rubble no one expected to find anything that worked. However, the security camera hard drives survived, showing an insane view of the storm and the moment it hit.
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.
Aaron Becker – President, Farmer's Co-Op Pilger: “It wasn't even real until we were sitting down in that in that vault.”
Ryan Kruger - Agronomy Manager, Farmers Co-Op Pilger: “We were huddled down and everything, pretty much in the fetal position.”
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 Piilger to pieces. Slow down the video and sparks from snapping electric lines light up the street only feet from propane tanks leaking fuel. Even inside a convenience store a lightning bolt is caught on camera.
Aaron Becker: "How quick it moves in and throws that stuff around it. You know it is pretty amazing."
A vault saved Aaron, Ryan and four of their 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 because of their security video, they can see how it happened and just how lucky they are to be alive.
Aaron Becker: "We were all kind of getting sweaty in general just watching it. Reliving it basically."
As the dust settles, survivors came crawling out of the coolers and the vault in the Co-Op store, emerging into an entirely different landscape than the one they left only minutes earlier.
Ryan Kruger: “I feel real lucky. That’s why we made sure we saved the vault. It’s at the office, I think it saved our lives.”
Nebraska lawmakers hope to fast track federal aid for the hundreds of tornado victims, and the governor is asking for individual assistance.