Washington Tornado

Tanya Koonce

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says he is still hopeful about passing the measure to change the federal funding formula used after a disaster.  Kirk made his comments in Washington today, nearly three years after the EF-4 tornado struck Tazewell County. FEMA denied funding to the town.

U.S. Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin of Illinois are renewing their call for an update of the methods the government uses to determine disaster assistance.

Post-tornado adjustments

Nov 25, 2013
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  The tornadoes that tore through Central Illinois a week ago left  apparent physical damage. But Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports the memories of living through the natural disaster may also have an impact. 

Competition and compassion meet on the field in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, when two central Illinois high school football teams face off for a spot in the state championship. One team is a perennial powerhouse, but the other is from a town that was all but leveled by a tornado.

Last week, linebacker Kevin Scott and the rest of the Washington Community High School Panthers were celebrating. They'd just made school history with a 12-0 record, capped off with a Saturday win that sent them to the semi-finals.

Washington Tornado Information and How to Donate

Nov 22, 2013
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio


City of Pekin GIS

New images gathered by the City of Pekin using satellite imagery shows the full scale of destruction as viewed from space. The city's GIS data from before and after the storm, was referenced and compiled using ESRI software to reveal the path of destruction that Sunday's EF-4 in Washington took. The EF-2 tornado damage in Pekin, and East Peoria is also displayed in the website.  The large footprint of the damage is immediately evident, as is the debris field just outside of the areas in the nearby farm fields.

By selecting "bookmarks" on the upper right-hand side of the web page, users can also view additional overlays of satellite images.

Washington update and East Peoria tornado damage assessment complete

Nov 20, 2013
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

  Weather condition may slow progress on the recovery efforts in Washington. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano has an update on the latest recovery and cleanup efforts following Sunday's tornado: 

Below is a LIVE web stream of the Central Illinois Tornado Relief Telethon from WTVP Public Media. Click on the links to watch the stream.

Washington recovery begins

Nov 20, 2013
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Washington city officials are working with IDOT to clear the rubble out of the streets after Sundays E-F-4 tornado. Peoria Public Radio’s Tanya Koonce reports their trying to make access safer and easier: 

Residents who live in the hardest hit parts of Washington are being allowed to returned to their homes this morning through five o’clock this evening. Washington Police Chief Don Volk says East and West Traffic on Business Route 24 is running in the South lanes, one in each direction in.

Updated Storm Relief Information

Nov 19, 2013
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Storm Relief Information