Long Lines at City Hall

By: Natalie Swaby
By: Natalie Swaby

Snaking around city hall, for many waiting in line, it is the only way home.

Karol Skjolaas says, "we'll get the wristbands and then we'll sit there, and be able to help whoever else needs help. We'll just volunteer and get it all done."

Her home was not hurt, but she is here to help her nephew's family whose home was hit hard.

"They are okay, they are doing what they can do, they'll get through it. We will pitch in and help out, that is what relatives do for one another," she says.

Once inside city hall, the focus is on wristbands because those are the only way back in to the disaster zone, a place where many are anxious to go.

"It is going to rain again tonight, trees are down, and we don't know how the tarps will hold up," tells Dave Krueger.

In the aftermath the memories are haunting. For some it was a close call.

"I could see it," says Jeremy Wilson. "I could see it hop over the house and hit into the woods."

Others found themselves in the tornado's path.

Christi Krueger says, "my brother and sister were really scared so I had to deal with them, comfort them, because my home was not home."

Her family home is badly damaged, and bouncing back will take working together.

"The roof is off one side of the house, the barn is down, the garage is gone, there is stuff all over that we have to pick up," says Dave Krueger.

With all the work ahead, these people can use all the help they can get.

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