Carl Nelson / WNIJ

DeKalb County officials say some minor rebuilding has begun in the northern Illinois community of Fairdale in the wake of the April 9 tornado.

Paul Miller is DeKalb County’s Planning and Zoning Director.  He says the county has received applications from Fairdale residents for permits to repair roofs or siding and to replace outbuildings, like sheds.  But, Miller says, the county has not yet received any applications from Fairdale to rebuild homes that were destroyed by the tornado.  Miller says they can't because of the community's zoning.

National Weather Service

Tornado sirens are for people who are outdoors. For everyone else, there are a lot of options these days when it comes to staying on top of weather emergencies. Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste says the key word is “redundancy.”

Jenna Dooley

Glass, puzzle pieces, even a domino sit in piles on a farm on Irene Road in Kirkland, just outside of Fairdale.

Trucks loaded with broken bricks and concrete make trips along a normally busy road, but it’s their turf now going back and forth.

It’s the reality of one week after a storm.

Carissa Brendle’s father-in-law saw the twister coming, so he headed down to the basement of his newly built home and called his son who lived nearby.

The Best Help For Storm Victims Now Is Not Things

Apr 14, 2015
Carl Nelson / WNIJ

Even though donations for household goods will not be accepted for the time being, there are other ways to help those affected by the EF-4 tornado that hit Fairdale Thursday night. 

Gathering locations for the Fairdale tornado relief effort received an overwhelming amount of blankets, clothes, food, and other donations since Thursday. But local officials say there is no longer a need for canned goods or other household items due to a lack of storage space.

Be Wary Of Home Repair Scams, Tornado Victims

Apr 14, 2015
Office of the Illinois Attorney General

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning against home repair scams after deadly tornadoes struck northern Illinois last week.

Con artists could try to exploit homeowners and local businesses that need repairs due to storm damage.

Communities with the worst damage include Fairdale and Rochelle.

Madigan says to be wary of those who go door-to-door offering such services. Madigan says she's filed four such lawsuits in previous cases where homeowners in suburban Chicago and central Illinois were allegedly cheated out of more than $220,000. 

Carl Nelson / WNIJ

Public Safety officials say they are confident that they have accounted for all residents of the devastated DeKalb County community of Fairdale and are preparing the next steps in the process.

Kirkland Fire Chief Chad Connell said Friday afternoon that search operations were winding down at the unincorporated town on Highway 72 west of Kirkland.  He said teams were going through the rubble one last time with dogs to make doubly sure nothing had been missed. 

Ogle, DeKalb Counties Get 'Disaster' Declaration

Apr 10, 2015
Carl Nelson / WNIJ

Gov. Bruce Rauner today declared DeKalb and Ogle counties state disaster areas after severe storms and tornadoes ripped across northern Illinois.

At least two people in DeKalb County are reported dead and roughly a dozen more injured. Dozens of homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed.

Carl Nelson / WNIJ

A second Fairdale resident has been found dead in her home as the result of injuries she received when an overwhelming tornado swept through the tiny residential community Thursday night.

She was identified as Jacklyn K. Klosa, 69. At a a morning news conference Friday, DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller identified the first fatality as Geraldine M. Schultz, 67, also in her home. Her body was discovered by her family Thursday night.

More State Money Coming For Tornado Relief

Jul 8, 2014
Peoria Public Radio

More money is on the way for Illinois communities devastated by last fall's tornadoes. Officials are making available more than $11 million dollars of state relief. Governor Pat Quinn announced the city of Washington is getting the majority of those funds. The community will use the money to repair streets and sidewalks. It's part of an overall package to help local governments recoup some of the costs associated with storm cleanup. That’s after the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied assistance. 

Costs Climb For Central Illinois Tornado Clean-Up

Dec 6, 2013
Sean Powers

Illinois faces sobering financial numbers as it recovers from last month’s devastating tornadoes.