Central Illinois town recovers from 2013 tornado

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WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) _ A relief group is finishing up work five years after a tornado destroyed or damaged about 1,000 homes and killed one person in a central Illinois city.

The Journal Star reports the Washington Illinois Area Foundation has less than $10,000 of the roughly $1.6 million donated to help residents, churches and governments rebuild after the Nov. 17, 2013 tornado. Washington is near Peoria.

Other local relief groups organized recovery efforts on social media , which advocates say helped residents problem-solve together.

Washington Mayor Gary Manier says the city is recovering from the tornado.

The U.S. Census Bureau says Washington has more than 16,500 residents today, up from about 15,100 residents in 2013.

Manier says the population growth _ despite the devastation _ is a tribute to residents’ resilience.

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