FAIRDALE, Ill. (CBS) — People in the Ottawa-Naplate area have a lot of work ahead as they try to recover from this week’s Level 3 tornado. But they could take some tips from a township that dealt with a similar disaster two years ago.

WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports.

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The village of Fairdale in DeKalb County had a similar tornado in April 2015. Two people were killed by the stronger EF-4 and dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed.

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Bill Nicklas was part of the recovery committee after the Fairdale tornado. He said it disbanded about a month ago because the group reached its goals. Nicklas also admitted the process was time-consuming.

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“Some of us basically gave our full attention to the recovery process. Our recovery committees rented a trailer, so we were on site every day,” he said.

The Fairdale group raised two million dollars for its efforts. It helped restore septic fields, create new wells and improve roads.

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Nicklas said his most important piece of advice was to communicate regularly with affected people.