Harrisburg Residents Begin Tornado Clean Up

Posted on: 7:32 am, March 1, 2012, by , updated on: 08:55pm, March 1, 2012

HARRISBURG, IL (KTVI) –    The cleanup continues in Harrisburg, Illinois, where six were killed and 100 injured in an  EF-4 tornado Wednesday, with winds clocked as high as 170 m.p.h.

Insurance adjusters have made it to town, and Ameren has 400 workers trying to get power restored.  It is estimated 200-300 homes were either damaged or destroyed.  The Red Cross shelter was used by about a dozen families the first night after the storm.
Meanwhile,  with the curfew finally lifted, those who lost everything have begun a grim safari trying to find anything they can in the rubble, significant or insignificant, it doesn`t matter.

‘It`s devastating, devastating,’ said Lura George, whose sister and brother-in-law survived by taking shelter in a bathtub.  They ended up being found in the rubble of a neighbors home, still in the tub.  Both broke their collar bones. “We were very blessed that God was watching over them. It was amazing,” said George.

Along with help from the Red Cross and Salvation Army, many Harriburg residents are pitching in to help with the cleanup and rebuilding.

‘We are not ones who run away from storms or run away from horrific events, we run toward it, to help our neighbors and the ones we love and care about,’ said Harrisburg mayor Eric Gregg.

Everyone has now been accounted for, including the two men and four women who were killed.  Their names were released on Thursday.

‘We watched what happened in Joplin last year and now it has happened to us.  You just hope and pray to God nothing like this ever comes to your community but now we are dealing with it,’ said Gregg.

To help residents in Harrisburg, you can donate to the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800 – SAL ARMY

American Red Cross Responds to Tornadoes in Southern Illinois

If you would like to get a NOAA weather radio, you can get one at Orshlen Farm and Home Stores or Schnucks stores. They are $30 through the end of June. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army.

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