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 12-foot-tall stone cross at the steeple’s pinnacle was the first portion to come down from atop the 121-year-old Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Parts of the western suburbs were still cleaning up Tuesday afternoon, after a fast-moving, hard-hitting storm uprooted trees as it blew through the area.
In just three weeks, local residents will lose their chance to get federal funding to pay for cleanup from flooding that hit from mid-April through early May.
Crews were working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses Thursday morning, after powerful storms tore down branches, uprooted entire trees, and knocked down power lines all across the Chicago area.
ComEd said Thursday that it will file an appeal to the Illinois Commerce Commission to avoid having to reimburse customers for storm damage from two years ago.
Since Saturday’s storms knocked out power to homes and businesses throughout the area more than 200,000 ComEd customers have had power restored, but those in areas hardest hit by the storm may have to wait until Tuesday before their lights come back on.
Powerful storms caused flooding, and lightning strikes caused damage across Chicago, including a house fire in Robbins.
Six downstate residents were killed, and more than 100 others were injured, in a powerful storm with an EF4 tornado slammed southern Illinois early Wednesday.
Here is the area storm report from the National Weather Service and reports from suburban officials.
Hurricane force winds created widespread damage and power outages across Chicago and the suburbs. Here is a collection of video that shows the impact of the storm.
After heavy wind and hail storms strike, storm chasers quickly move in with offers to fix what they say is damage to your home. Consumers have to be careful because that damage may not be storm-related.