A week after a deadly tornado devastated the small town of Fairdale, there already have been signs of major progress, but lots more work is needed as survivors recover from the storm.
For nearly a week now, WBBM Newsradio traffic reporter Kris Habermehl has been in the tornado zone near Rockford, serving as a volunteer firefighter.
Neighbors in Fairdale and Rochelle have been rallying together to pick up the pieces, and get through this difficult time, after Thursday’s devastating tornado. Survivors and volunteers spent the entire weekend cleaning, but there’s still a lot of work left to do.
Gov. Pat Quinn said the state is stepping in with $45 million in disaster relief funds to help local governments recover from last November’s tornados, after the federal government turned them down.
Grammy-winners Chicago will play a free benefit concert later this month to raise money for tornado recovery efforts in Illinois.
Crews were out Christmas Eve, and they were back at it the day after Christmas, clearing away debris from the tornado almost six weeks ago.
Washington Ald. Tyler Gee said the weather means real reconstruction will be delayed for hundreds of families.