June 2, 2010

Possible Tornado Damage in Tazewell County

By Eric Shangraw

July 15, 2010 Updated Jun 2, 2010 at 6:27 PM CDT

A violent-overnight storm was an early morning wake up call for most residents in Central Illinois.

Southeastern Tazewell County has evidence of a tornado cutting a path from Armington to Mackinaw.

The National Weather Service will make the final determination.

News 25's Eric Shangraw shows us how neighbors lend a helping hand.

Mark Heinold's farmhouse just east of Mackinaw had the roof ripped off. His barn, corn crib, and two-story garage are now piles of rubble.

Large trees, roots still intact, are pulled right out of the ground.

Tom Stock is documenting damage and path of the storm for the Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency.

"Lot of severe damage west of Armington. It got a cemetery and a couple of farms west of Armington. And then moved up here off of Route-9," said Stark.

John Guengerich's residence on Coil Road was hit. He was asleep in a chair last night when he woke up, looked out the window and saw his garage was gone. It was thrown across the street.

Splintered pieces of the garage are driven into the muddy field like giant toothpicks.

Friends showed up in mass in a race against the next storm to get a temporary roof back on the ranch.

"I just live down the road and John's my neighbor and I just came over to help out. My wife Darla and I came to help. He's very lucky to be alive," said Jerry Watkins.

"The ceilings have come in. Of course there is ruined carpet. And roof. Trying to beat the rain. Trying to cover it right now to prevent more damage," said neighbor Larry Morgan.

A couple miles northeast Doug Wilson's giant horse shed may need to be totaled. The structure is unstable after being lifted off its foundation. In the moment it happened, a broom actually slipped underneath a wall and now is half in the shed and half out.

"I'm feeling really lucky. All of our horses, dogs, cats, goats, pig, chickens. Everybody is just fine. And the rest of it is just stuff," said Wilson.

Stuff can be replaced. Thankfully, there are no reports of any injuries in this 15 to 20 mile line of of damage.

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