WASHINGTON, Ill. – The cleanup from an outbreak of tornadoes has scarcely begun, but people in storm-ravaged towns like Washington in central Illinois have come together and kept going.
The tornado that hit Washington on Sunday cut a path about an eighth of a mile wide from one side of the community of 16,000 to the other. It damaged or destroyed as many as 500 homes.
People forced out of their homes were allowed back in Monday to survey damage and see what they could save.
In one neighborhood, homeowners and their friends and families worked quickly in a stiff, cold breeze.
Some homes had been shattered into piles of brick, drywall and lumber. Others still had sections standing.