CHICAGO (CBS) — A Wheaton-based organization is raising money to replace the tornado warning system in Naplate, a system that was destroyed by the tornado two weeks ago.

It worked when it needed to: the tornado siren in Naplate. But then it was destroyed by the storm it warned about. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports.

Dan Lites has a Wheaton-based company, a for-profit construction company, that went down to Naplate to see if they could pick up some work after the tornado.

“When I saw what was down there, I thought, you know, I don’t care if we get a nickel from here. How can we help the village out there?” Lites said. “When people go through something like this it’s traumatic. And the village there – the community – is just such a tight-knit community.”

Now Lites and the not-for-profit organization he leads, Crosscom Ministries, are raising money on GoFundMe – for a new tornado alert system for Naplate.

The estimated price to replace the system is about $40,000.

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