Storm footage by Ruth Gregory

NEBRASKA CITY - The Nebraska City City Council is publishing standards for roof repairs following damaging hail on April 20 that contractors say left damage in 80 to 90 percent of the city.

Jeremy Froisland of Schoens Roofing said the company located at the old A-1 Locksmith Building before the storm and set up on 11th Street in May for extra exposure. He said the storm system brought three different hail events to the Nebraska City area.

Froisland: “Pretty widespread. Heavier damage toward the west side of town. The east side up on the hills it’s hit and miss on that direction of town, but pretty large hail on the west side and smaller hail on the east side.”

City Administrator Perry Mader said the city is making citizens aware of codes regarding roof materials and repairs, as well as permit requirements for door-to-door solicitors during the storm recovery.

City hall has issued 57 solicitor permits since the storm.


 Photo: All States Hail Team 

Mader: “The city is not necessarily responsible for poor workmanship. That will be between the homeowner and whoever the contractor is, but we do want to make sure that people do understand, if there are things that are code related, if you have questions regarding these codes, please call city hall.”


Brandon Forkey of All States Hail Team says residents are reporting hail damage to vehicles from every corner of the town. The paintless repair company reports working on dealership cars and about 30 residents so far  at the Douglas Tire parking lot on north 11th Street at the old Norman ’s IGA property.

Forkey: “The hail was all in different sizes from softball size hail all the way down to golf ball and pea-sized hail just depending on what side of town you were on. Seems like the northwestern part of the town was hit the hardest, but the whole town was affected.”

The storm triggered a tornado warning for Nebraska City. There were reports of golf ball sized hail between Nebraska City and Union and two-inch hail in Mills County, Iowa. Hail as large as 3.5 inches is associated with the April storm.