More than 200 active construction projects as Washington rebuilds

By WEEK Producer

February 13, 2014 Updated Feb 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- It has been nearly three months since a deadly series of tornadoes ripped through Illinois, leaving much of Washington flattened.

From the rubble, rose strength and the city's road to recovery continues to build momentum every day.

Despite the frigid winter, more than 200 construction projects are in progress, 58 of those are homes being built from the ground up.

City officials said it is pleasant surprise considering the weather.

"I think we’ve had 27 inches of snow since November 17, below zero wind chills, etc, and to think people still want to rebuild in this kind of weather,” said Washington Mayor Gary Manier.

Manier said he hopes they serve as a jump-start for the city’s recovery.