Crews work around the clock to clear tornado debris

By WEEK Producer

November 25, 2013 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 8:55 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- The long task of removing hundreds of thousands of tons of debris from Washington continued on Monday.

Heavy machinery scooped loads of wreckage into the back of dump trucks to be taken to the Tazewell county dump.

Washington Mayor Gary Manier said only 10-percent of the rubble has been removed.

Manier said crews will be working around the clock to get as much as possible cleaned up before the Thanksgiving holiday.

"We need to get some resemblance back to this community, there is so much to be thankful for, but the more we can get out and the better it looks when family and loved ones come to visit...it's important," Manier said.

Access to the tornado damaged areas will be restricted Tuesday as clean up efforts continue.

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