East Peoria tornado survivor uprights trailer toppled over in backyard

By WEEK Reporter

November 29, 2013 Updated Nov 29, 2013 at 11:46 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- East Peoria tornado survivor, Wayne Smith is left literally picking up the pieces. When we talked to Smith earlier this month, he found his Fifth Wheel Trailer toppled on it's side in his backyard after the tornado. Since then, it has been his view. Friday morning, a towing crew finally worked to turn it right side up.

Smith used the trailer to go on church mission trips.

"I's sad. It's really sad to me," said Smith. "I got a lot of things in there that I use for mission work. I don't suppose it's much good now, but it can be replaced."

The towing crew from Joe's Towing & Recovery said this work has not been uncommon lately.

"After the tornado we've have done three right now, and we have another three to go do," said Kurt Wilson, manager. "We brought out our low pressure high volume cushions which are the orange things and it lifts them up. It uses air."

Large cushions were placed underneath and next to the vehicle. Workers also used a crane to help lift the vehicle upright.

Smith plans on replacing the trailer, but financially it has been a challenge.

"Insurance isn't covering much," said Smith. "It's going to be difficult."

However, he was just thankful that his family was safe.