Tazewell County cleaning up after tornado slams DelavanChronicle Media — July 19, 2015
Residents in Tazewell County are getting their community back together following a tornado that ripped through the area July 16.
The EF-2 tornado damaged more than 50 homes on the southeast side of Delavan, according to Chris Miller, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Lincoln.
No significant injuries were reported.
The path was measured at more than one-mile long and 250 yards wide at its widest point, according to the NWS.
The local fire department checked on individual households to account for any injuries and city staff was out Friday assessing damage and clearing roads. Most Ameren Illinois customers had their power restored by 8 p.m. Friday, according to reports.
Gov. Bruce Rauner visited Delavan and activated the State Emergency Operations Center. The western Illinois town of Cameron also was hit by a tornado July 16.
The American Legion and Delavan City Hall were opened with generators operating to provide emergency shelter, according to the city.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director James Joseph commended the first responders for their quick action and thorough response.
Tazewell County sheriff’s police, Illinois State Police and emergency crews from surrounding communities assisted Delavan, according to reports.
— Tazewell County cleaning up after tornado slams Delavan —