November 17th tornadoes

Washington rebuilds, nearly two years after tornado

Aug 12, 2015
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

US Senator Dick Durbin today toured one of the subdivisions in Washington that was mostly leveled in the November 17, 2013 Tornado.

The rebuilding of Washington Estates is mostly complete. When Durbin stepped out of the car his first words were: “what a comeback.”

“To think, what it was then and what it is now, is quite an indication of community strength, community pride and determination in our part of the world,” Durbin said.

Leaders in Washington say they're hopeful last year's tornado won't affect the area's previous double-digit growth rate. 

Hundreds of families lost everything in last year’s November 17th tornadoes that ripped through Pekin, East Peoria and Washington. Some recovery needs were met soon after with the help of insurance and government resources. But coming into the one year anniversary of the disaster, the Tri-County Long Term Recovery Center has been a constant provider of help for those who were impacted by the storms. 

More than 1000 tornado victims have sought assistance from the Tri-County Long Term Recovery Center, in Washington since February. The center aims to make the process easy by pairing individuals and families with case managers. Recovery Center Chairman Jim Fassino says the case managers make requests for their clients to about 40 service agencies.

HOI United Way project offers a new pathway

Oct 14, 2014
Peoria Public Radio

It’s nearing the one year anniversary of the November 17th tornadoes that tore through the Midwest. Tazewell County and specifically the community of Washington was by far the hardest hit in the state that day because of the number of homes and businesses damaged.

Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Governor Pat Quinn is offering 45 million dollars in state funding to help Illinois communities recover from November's deadly tornadoes. That’s after FEMA’s second denial for public disaster assistance. 

Gov Quinn visits Washington Jan 31

Dec 31, 2013
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation in Washington Illinois today that ensures FEMA funds to cover last spring’s flooding. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the state’s shared obligation for the FEMA relief is nearly six million dollars:

Tornado victims throughout Illinois are being approved for more than one-million dollars in federal aid. Governor Pat Quinn says the money is helping those impacted by the tornadoes that struck the state last month. The federal grants are paying for disaster-related expense like temporary home rental, home repairs, and replacement of damaged personal property.

Gifford slowly recovering

Dec 10, 2013
Sean Powers / WILL

It’s been three weeks since an EF-3 tornado ripped through the Champaign County town of Gifford. As IPR'S Sean Powers reports, the community is slowly coming back together.

When Christina Gann, woke up Monday morning, she says it felt weird not going to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gifford. For the last few weeks, she’s served hot meals there to people affected by the storm.