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Fairdale Home Damage_Ed Curran

Building Codes Stall Rebuilding For Some Tornado Victims In Fairdale

Fairdale residents whose homes were lost or severely damaged in last month’s tornado have been learning rebuilding is not going to be so easy.

05/12/2015

A home damaged by a tornado in Fairdale, Illinois, in April, weeks after the twister hit. (Credit: Facebook/Fairdale, IL Tornado Recovery)

With Most Volunteers Gone, Fairdale Still Needs Help Recovering From Tornado

This weekend marks one month since a deadly tornado devastated the small town of Fairdale, and while cleanup efforts continue, most volunteers who showed up in the wake of the storm have moved on.

05/07/2015

A photo of a tornado in Texas taken by CBS 2 Weather Watcher Will Browning. (Credit: Will Browning)

CBS 2 Weather Watcher Gets Up-Close Look At Texas Twister

CBS 2 has hundreds of Weather Watchers across the Chicago area and many of them are real weather enthusiasts.

05/06/2015

Members of the Chicago Bears present tornado survivor Tyler Rowan with a jersey signed by team great Brian Urlacher. (CBS)

Bears Players Lend A Hand In Tornado Cleanup

CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reports from northern Illinois, which was hit by tornadoes two weeks ago.

04/24/2015

Richard Burtch | DeKalb County sheriff's office

Man Charged With Stealing Donated Tornado Relief Supplies In Fairdale

Richard Burtch is accused of stealing six to seven pickup loads worth of supplies, from tarps and tubs, to wheelbarrows and rakes, DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said.

04/20/2015

Samuel Love (Credit: CBS)

11-Year-Old Collecting Toys For Fairdale Tornado Victims

In the face of disaster, a Chicago boy’s acts of kindness continue to grow. Samuel Love is organizing another toy drive, this time for the victims of last week’s deadly tornadoes.

04/17/2015

Work crews have hauled hundreds of tons of debris from Fairdale in the week after a deadly tornado, but said cleanup likely will last another week or so. (Credit: CBS)

Recovery Moving Forward After Fairdale Tornado, But Much More Work Ahead

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.

04/16/2015

The EF-4 tornado that hit Rochelle. (Credit: NIU)

Massive Fairdale Tornado Was One Of 11 In Illinois Last Week

Last Thursday’s severe weather created a total of 11 tornadoes in Illinois, including the rare EF-4 storm that destroyed much of two small towns west of Chicago.

04/16/2015

Demolition crews working in Fairdale, Illinois, found this cat in the rubble of a home destroyed by a tornado. (Credit: Kris Haberhehl/WBBM)

Demolition Crews Find Beauty (The Cat) Amid Devastation In Fairdale

For nearly a week now, WBBM Newsradio traffic reporter Kris Habermehl has been in the tornado zone near Rockford, serving as a volunteer firefighter.

04/15/2015

iPhone video of one of the tornadoes to hit north central Illinois on April 9, 2015. (Source: YouTube)

WATCH: Man Films Tornado From His Truck; ‘I Don’t Know How To Get Away’

Video posted on YouTube shows a North Carolina man’s close encounter with one of the powerful tornadoes that hit Illinois near Rockford last week.

04/14/2015

The photo of Geri and Clem Schlutz was found 35 miles away from Fairdale in the town of Harvard. (Source: Facebook)

Photo Of Fairdale Tornado Victim Found 35 Miles Away In Harvard

A photo from the home of a Fairdale tornado victim was found 35 miles away, reports WBBM’s Mariam Sobh.

04/13/2015

Rochelle Tornado

Ham Radio Operators Serve As ‘Eyes On The Ground’ When Severe Weather Hits

Tom Ciciora has been involved in amateur radio, or ham radio, for more than 40 years. He said, when thunderstorm or tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service, amateur radio enthusiasts will head toward areas where it might be worst, using smartphone app radar as a guide.

04/13/2015

Houses and property in ruin the morning after a tornado swept through the town the previous day on April 10, 2015 in Fairdale, Illinois. According to reports, 11 people were injured and one person was killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms passed through the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Recovery Efforts Continue After Thursday’s Tornado

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.

04/13/2015

(credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

DeKalb Animal Shelter Holding On To Pets While Tornado Victims Find Living Arrangements

At least one animal shelter near tornado-ravaged Fairdale is housing several pets, but not because they can’t find the owners.

04/12/2015

Fairdale Neighborhood Damage-Ed Curran

Donations Pouring In To Aid Tornado Victims

Volunteers and donations continue to pour into Fairdale, days after much of it was destroyed by a tornado. WBBM’s Nancy Harty spoke with a volunteer on the ground.

04/12/2015

Missy the German shepherd has been recovered, alive, in northern Illinois. (TR Robinson/Facebook)

Fatal Tornado Victim’s Dog Found, Alive

Missy the German shepherd had been spotted in video following Thursday’s devastating tornado, but was apparently traumatized by the event and was on the run, a family member says.

04/11/2015

Fairdale Street Damage_Ed Curran

Residents Return To Fairdale Two Days After Tornado Ripped Through Town

Residents of the town of Fairdale were escorted back to their homes Saturday, two days after an EF-4 tornado ripped through the town, killing two people.

04/11/2015

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Levity Amid The Rubble: Why Is This Man Attacking Dryer With A Shovel?

After Thursday’s tornado and the devastation it brought, Emily Dickow wasn’t asking for much. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

04/10/2015

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle (CBS)

Among Those Left Homeless By Tornado: The Ogle County Sheriff

Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle says he got a call from Woodstock Police, who found some of his mail – 60 miles away. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

04/10/2015

Geraldine Schultz, left; Jacklyn Klosa (courtesy: Tanya Robinson, Facebook, respectively)

Fairdale Mourns Two Women Killed By Tornado

Both Geraldine Schultz, 67, and 69-year-old Jacklyn Klosa were friends and lived in Fairdale, which was leveled Thursday evening by an EF-4 tornado that reached 200 mph.

04/10/2015

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