Hebron, NE Tornado, May 1953
A tornado hit Hebron, a community of 2,000 in Southeastern Nebraska, Saturday night. Observers said it was a "miracle" that no one was killed as the storm wrecked two-thirds of the town's buildings. Sixty-nine persons were injured, at least 18 of them seriously.
Hebron was still without gas and had only emergency electric power last night. Bulldozers pushed their way through debris-piled streets to make one-way paths for trucks used in clearing the wreckage.
Mayor RALPH HAWKINS estimated damage at "at least a million and a half dollars."
"You drive over town and it's just terrible," said A. E. STAUFFER, Deshler newspaper man. "There were cars smashed so flat you couldn't see in them with flashlights."
At least five persons were injured and several farms were damaged late yesterday when a tornado cut a path 35 miles long through Cerro Gordo and Worth Counties in North-Central Iowa.
Austin Daily Herald Minnesota 1953-05-11