NORTHERN ILLINOIS RESIDENTS REBUILDING AFTER THE TORNADO
Northern Illinois residents whose homes were destroyed by the tornado are planning on returning home. The tornado, which struck Northern Illinois a few days ago, left two people dead forcing hundreds more out of their homes.
The tornado bore down on their neighborhood in Fairdale a community of about 150 people. It came through the area 80 miles west of Chicago ripping buildings from their foundations and killing two women. The two women who were killed are said to be friends and that should not come as a surprise given that everyone knew each other because of the small population.
Jacklyn Klosa 69 was found on Friday morning in the rubble of her Fairdale home not far from where Geraldine Schultz 67 died. Fairdale has no village government, no school, no cable TV and no major businesses. All homes were evacuated because of lack of electricity. Residents of Fairdale were eager to return home and check what’s left of their belongings.
They gathered at a roadblock a mile from the town eager to return but the police said it was dangerous and that they need more days to return. Joe Benedetto 55 who lives just outside Fairdale saw the tornado roll into the community.
According to Zammuto, the bricks were torn off the side of his home. He went on to add that people were screaming and yelling and were in total shock. National weather service meteorologist Jamie Enderun said at least one tornado touched down near Fairdale and was initially rated an EF4 meaning it was capable of producing winds up to 200mph. damage survey teams were working to officially determine how long tornadoes stayed on the ground.