CHICAGO (CBS) — DeKalb County officials have said they’re committed to making sure everyone who wants to rebuild after last month’s tornado in the small town of Fairdale can clear any legal hurdles that might be in their way.
Residents whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged by the twister soon learned rebuilding wasn’t going to be easy, because most of the buildings in town were erected before there were any zoning restrictions or building codes.READ MORE: 2 People Shot And Wounded in Humboldt Park
“Our issue has been with how to get these people back in their houses. How to get houses coming back out of the ground again,” said DeKalb County Board Member Kevin Bunge, whose district includes Fairdale.
County officials have been taking steps to make rebuilding easier, and still seeking solutions to building code conflicts.
“If anybody doesn’t rebuild in Fairdale, I believe it will be because they’ve made the decision not to, not because they weren’t able to,” Bunge said.READ MORE: Chicago First Alert Weather: Single Digit Temps Throughout The Morning, Cloudy During The Day