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.
The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross have set up shelters for victims, served hot meals to first responders, and provided other relief supplies as residents dig out, and begin the slow recovery process.
Residents of an Illinois community devastated by a tornado in November 2013 were coming together Friday to help the victims of Thursday’s deadly tornado in Fairdale, Illinois.
The state is trying to prevent Illinois tornado victims from becoming victims of scam artist contractors.
Many residents in downstate Washington were getting their first chance to return to what’s left of their homes on Friday, five days after a violent tornado ripped much of the small town to shreds.
Federal officials will be meeting with state and local authorities in downstate Washington on Thursday to begin evaluating the damage caused to homes and businesses on Sunday, when tornadoes devastated the small town and other parts of central Illinois.
As survivors sift through the debris from at least 1,000 damaged and destroyed homes, they’re also finding bright spots and good reason to look to the future.
The ranking diplomat for the Philippines in the Midwest estimated rebuilding will take two years after a typhoon ravaged the Pacific island nation, and he called for cash donations to help victims right away.
The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago has begun mobilizing to help with the relief effort in Oklahoma, after a devastating tornado killed dozens of people.
Gov. Pat Quinn is sending 95 members of the Illinois National Guard and eight helicopters to Vermont to help with flood relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Irene.