51°F
Sponsored by

Massive Cleanup Facing Victims of Illinois Tornadoes

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- People across the Midwest are cleaning up following violent storms that swept across the region.
WASHINGTON, Ill. -- People across the Midwest are cleaning up following violent storms that swept across the region.

In Washington, Illinois, one of the hardest hit areas, a curfew is in place to keep looters out and residents safe.

The recovery is underway for thousands of people who lost their homes.  Curt and Bridgette Williams walked out of their Washington, Illinois basement sunday to find just about everything gone.

"These are the clothes we were at least able to dig out," says Curt Williams.

The town is doing everything it can to help.  They've even set up a daycare so kids can play while their parents look through rubble. 

Leave it to a child to best describe what happened to the homes in his neighborhood.
"They're crushed from the storm," says young storm victim Kason Ingham.
Reporter: "Was that scary?"
"Yeah, and mommy just cried all the time."

At least eight people in the Midwest died from the storms.  Officials say with all of this destruction, that number could have been much higher, but accurate forecasting and early warning systems saved lives.
"We heard the sirens go off."

Jack Revallo was at home with his three daughters when the emergency sirens blared.  "I looked around the tree line and saw this refrigerator 300 feet in the twirling.
It was coming right us."
He says they had just enough time to get to the basement.  "If it wasn't for that early response everyone would be done!"

And people here say one other thing helped...the timing.  It's was 11:10 am on a Sunday morning.
"A lotta folks were at church ..."
The mayor of Washington, Illinois says the storm damaged or destroyed about 500 homes in town, but not a single church.


(Bigad Shaban, CBS News)

Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus