CHICAGO (CBS) — For nearly a week now, WBBM Newsradio traffic reporter Kris Habermehl has been in the tornado zone near Rockford, serving as a volunteer firefighter.
On Tuesday, a cat was pulled from the rubble of a house that was about to be demolished in Fairdale.
“A little gray long-haired cat, kind of dusty,” Habermehl said. “Tried to give her a little bit of water. She wouldn’t take the water. She just kind of looked around. She’s still in a daze.”
The demolition crew who found the cat has named her Beauty.
Meantime, in the center of the devastation in Fairdale, a trailer dubbed the “Fairdale General Store” has become a gathering place for survivors, emergency crews, and others helping with recovery efforts.
“It’s kind of a turn toward normalcy that something organized has been established, and you can have friendly conversation, or you can vent your frustrations or opinions,” he said.