Crops, bins, pivots damaged in York County storm

Editor’s note: Featured storm photo was taken by Eric Eckert from York looking toward the York ethanol plant. The other photos were taken by Melanie Wilkinson south and west of Waco. 

YORK COUNTY – The eastern portion of York County was ravaged by severe weather Monday evening, June 10, with the morning sun revealing destroyed crops, pivots and bins in the Thayer and Waco areas.

The storm, which included hail and high winds, also left behind damaged trees and other debris in the two small towns.

The town of Waco was full of people removing downed limbs, as well as entire trees, and York County road crews were out with barricades closing certain stretches of county roads so debris could be removed.

Soybean fields in the Waco area were literally wiped clean – with hardly a sign of vegetation remaining visible. Cornfields were littered with green stalks with no leaves whatsoever.

Pivots were overturned on both sides of the Waco blacktop, as well as along the Highway 34 stretch just west of Waco. Bins that had been recently constructed – to replace the ones destroyed in last June’s devastating storms – were toppled or mangled or just gone.

York County Assessor Kurt Bulgrin said the situation was very unfortunate in that the destroyed property filing deadline arrived on July 1 and is no longer in play for this year. However, if someone lost a structure, they can contact his office and the adjustment on their property cards can be made for next year’s valuation process.

The York County Commissioners discussed the situation during their regular meeting, noting the damage was significant and their thoughts were with the producers who sustained losses.

The Waco Fire Department posted on social media Tuesday, “Last night was a testament to how important teamwork really is. We want to give a big shoutout to York County 911, York County Sheriff’s Office, Hitz Towing, Nebraska State Patrol, Utica Volunteer Fire Department, Perennial Public Power District, York Fire Department. We had a busy night with the storm. Multiple vehicle rolled in the wind, a few injured patients and multiple power lines down in our district. We have the great privilege to work with so many wonderful and dedicated folks in and around Waco. So thanks to everyone who helped us out last night. And thank you all for your continued support of your Waco Volunteer Fire Department. Stay safe everyone.”

The York County Sheriff’s Department issued the following statement: “At approximately 2130 hours, York County Communications received multiple reports of overturned semi trucks near the Waco interchange with occupants trapped inside. Deputies responded and assisted in freeing the drivers and their passengers from the trucks. With the weather came multiple other calls for service regarding power outages, downed power poles, debris blocking the roadway, and other injured parties. The York County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank York County deputies who came in off duty to assist, the Nebraska State Patrol, the Seward County Sheriff’s Office, Hitz Towing, Perennial Public Power District, Waco Fire and Rescue and York Fire and Rescue for their quick response and assistance! Thankfully no one was seriously injured.”



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