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Rebuilding after a tornado

Now that the clean-up has begun and the damage is being assessed in communities stricken by this weekend’s tornadoes, we’ll talk this hour about what it’s like to rebuild.


(Duration: 51:36)

Mary Sutherlin looks at what's left of her home Tuesday, November 19 in Gifford.

Mary Sutherlin looks at what's left of her home Tuesday, November 19 in Gifford. Jeff Bossert/WILL

Mary Sutherlin has spent the last few days working with her neighbors and her husband to clean up what’s left of her home. She says when the tornado struck her hometown of Gifford on Sunday, she and her husband and 11 year-old grandchild barely made it into the back room before the tornado blew away most of her neighborhood. For the first half of this hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Sutherlin about what’s next and how she’s handling rebuilding and clean-up. Champaign County Emergency Management Agency Spokesman Rick Atterberry also joins us.

Then, Jim Gilliland, former mayor of Ogden, Illinois joins us. He says when a tornado struck the town of around 700 people in late April of 1996, both the damage and the idea that he was a key decision maker was overwhelming. We’ll talk with him about how the community came together and started to pick up the pieces in the weeks and months following the storm.

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    the tornado that hit the Champaign County town of Guilford last Sunday tour of the back
    Mary Sutherlands house Mary says to work to clear debris from a property is on
    is already on your way with a lot of help from the community I’m looking right now
    into my backyard and I see my son in law


    best friend additional 1015 people and I do not know any of them
    Meadows end today on focus will discuss rebuilding after a tornado
    tornado on talk with Mary Southerland and also with ricotta berry champain County
    Emergency Management Agency and the man who was mayor of Ogden tornado
    tornado tour through that town in 1996
    focus continues after the news
    welcome to focus on Jim Meadows if your neighborhood suffered damage in last Sunday


    Sundays outbreak of tornadoes which lacrosse six states you don’t need the media
    how to tell you what it was like but for most of us the news media is our window
    to the terrible damage suffered in towns like if ur did Washington Illinois
    Kokomo Indiana that window will stick around for a few days
    maybe even weeks but in time the news coverage will the Minish long before the cleanup Andriod
    rebuilding is completed today in focus going to try to take a look at the work
    work going on now in the work that will be going on in the weeks in months


    what’s an even years to come in areas hit by tornadoes in will start
    by saying hello to someone whose home suffered a directed last Sunday
    Mary Southerland lives with her husband Gifford with a operating ice cream shop Merrick good
    good morning in welcome to focus a good morning thank you for having me what glad to have
    the heavy what does Mary II understand that you and your husband lost your house in Gifford
    to the tornado we certainly did I am so sorry to hear that
    but I understand that you and your your your your staying put your determine the rebuilding


    Golden State in Gifford OF solutely weed we don’t want to live in the world
    now I could see that some people mean when theres someone their face with a situation like
    like this just might find it easier to pull up steaks and find another place to live as soon as they can
    is the Canon adjust a there but why have you and your husband decided to stay in
    day Inn Beaufort and rebuild I think there’s something about roots
    and I was born in Gifford um and I just
    just feel that a lot of my friends are there my family is there um we have a


    I have a business there and that’s where we want to be okay American Utah
    can you tell me about your experience when the tornado struck mean to start with
    where were you at that moment what does that moment we had
    already gotten down into the basement I have been in the kitchen with corset
    watching the news in watching the skies and I have noticed that the sky
    Skyrim just seem different than anything I really ever seen before and I told
    I told my grandson and my husband I think we need to go to the basement flashlights


    lights went down to the basement um within seconds really the alarm
    alarm went off the siren what was different about that is that it was a short
    short fire in a normally when you hear those things that just are continual well
    we have one window in that area what to look out the window when the fire in Stockton
    I have to walk from my house and I said I think we need
    need to go to the back with no windows at all and within 15
    can second we were in that room which is just a few steps away


    and couldn’t get the door shut we knew that like that that moment we been hit
    how we were in the room and I
    probably less than a minute I’m thinking about how long it took
    took to know um for to stop going on
    and we came out of the room lookout farm
    Foundation have crack in the basement and newest at times that it was bad
    was was was there noise at the store made as it passes through a yes


    when you hear that it was a train like a train Hedlund track
    that’s exactly what it was it was just a tree
    cha cha cha like it with swirling of course
    the damage you can just here to breathe in and things getting the house
    wow now you said you had gotten a lot of advance were the weather forecast size
    super full of this information yes we we knew we would
    was walking the the television we had um of course in on the Internet


    things were tracking itsy where was when I was coming of course
    we didn’t know that it was going to be as bad as it was just knew that it was a storm and Beyond
    the only way that I knew that was different style was so different than anything I’ve ever seen
    okay now are the sign mean when you said that it is that it
    did the influenza in Minnesota for short pattern without a pattern was the same
    cut off by the storm somehow it was cut off by the storm it wasn’t even
    pattern normally as you know when you hear the sirens and its side to Siri


    series of Wong blast and this was
    Abe laugh lasted a couple of seconds and then it was
    then we started hearing a glass blue in from the one window in the area that we were
    we were the basement and umm the Blasted stop the dots
    stop okay now I understand the the the tornado
    Scentsy tour of the back of the house yes and in distance
    disrupted I push the rest of it officer found a shin we’re on our family


    Foundation but it’s completely destroyed we had your orders
    Hooters that came right to the brick foundation a while so where are you living now
    right now will sing with some very very good friends that allow us to
    share their home and drive us back and forth and do things we need to do as well as
    the cleanup of our home okay are you able to retrieve a things from the house
    house we were so very lucky very blessed that are basement
    we had a number things stored tubs of pictures


    things for my past that cannot be replaced and we have all of those things ok
    can niacin you also operate an ice cream shop in Gifford we do it self
    silent scream gallery is your husband a money
    his name is it ok if he’s the Linney how to how did the distance
    Christmas Fair in the storm surprisingly well we are actually just
    just getting in there today I be the front on a blue waffle
    we had a back garden with them seating for for customers and that was completely


    destroyed but as far as we can tell the shop itself is intact
    okay now you hope to reopen the shop
    fairly quickly what do you think realistic there I got power and Gifford today is
    understand I haven’t been there yet but I understand that in the downtown
    downtown business district were Shoppe hasn’t my husband is actually there right now
    odd and so we are hoping next week ok
    in the meantime you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you to rebuild an essay


    not just the labor of rebuilding but there’s always paperwork and things like that are you able to get
    how to get the information help you need to get that process started
    I can’t tell you enough about how wonderful are insurance company has
    send insurance generally gets a bad rap that are Company Hartford
    bird was there yesterday our first time with a permit or just ur ass
    and that young man has just guided Us
    Houston everything that we need to do when is very protective of us is someone came up to


    map to us um asking some questions and he took me aside
    why didn’t he said I just don’t want you to be taken advantage of and
    do you take your everything for that’s good to hear
    now I just really one more question I know if you were struck send your neighbors restaurant
    truckers well have you been in touch with with the other neighbors who who lost homes in
    what’s House everybody feeling out there
    Gifford is just a wonderful place to live with a small village


    village of about 950 people and you can rest assured that you
    what your neighbors have your back are are good neighbors across the street from us
    their home is completely destroyed and Mr Hyde burger
    is in the hospital he’s not doing well he’s um in bed
    stages of cancer this is hamburger with their biker self and um
    has taken a turn for the worse we don’t know any updates as of today but we
    we are going over there today to start getting their place cleaned out for them


    haven’t had a lot of help you can imagine
    the kids want to be with her parents in this time of need and so we will be taken care of that
    and we see that everyone we go well you’re dead you’re taking your B
    you’re being generous enough to lend a hand for the for for that families
    is is certainly worth worth commanding especially considering it all the challenges you have
    do you have a head yeah its its not short of flood
    what anybody has done we have had people in are in our house in our yard


    Yard I do not even know and those people just a few
    just work themselves and are so gracious OK
    Mary Southerland thank you so much for taking the time to talk about what you’ve been through I don’t know
    Thanksgiving is next week do you know how you’re going to be celebrated
    we’re going to be with our daughter and son-in-law in our grandchildren
    children and they live in ranch ok American hope you can rebuild quickly
    McLean get your business back up and running soon as well thank you very much


    for the time and I just can’t say enough about how
    wonderful our community is and the outside community as well that’s come in and
    donated money and clothes and food has been there for the people
    Gifford America Inc you again for talking with a 01 focus
    thank you so much you have a wonderful day thank you and this is focus in WY
    while im Jim meadows and we are looking at the aftermath of Sandy
    Sundays tornado focusing right now on a gift for the small town in


    northeast Champaign County that was hard hit by a tornado
    on Sunday now I’m talking on the phone I believe he’s with me a break at a berry
    Richard Berry is up with the Champaign County Emergency Emergency Management Agency
    and I Ricky understand you’re out in Gifford right now
    right on the edge downtown the woodchuck is the southern
    most the damage is the community center stage movie theater today
    what is a busy day today ok


    what does Gifford look like right now I just give us a picture because as you say
    who said there’s there’s an edge to wear the damage was how much is the town was hit and how much is still intact
    contact I fink it’s probably 40 to 50 percent of the town
    cat some damage official count from Gifford of the towns are the farms
    farms around is 250% buildings damaged
    the 60 totally destroyed right across the street from where I am now
    which is basically the Bell Center in town the water towers right here is a


    Apollo trouble that was a building there are some houses so just be on that
    that the car to leak on a house set custom I left the witch
    set alarm time resident open house today about 80 heat
    he remembered the woman who live there when he was a child that hits in a sample
    what’s a good it is really a touch of a status like to see is you looking for
    Prosser out power lines up in connected how about other infrastructure in the Gifford
    coming along power is restored to to smoke


    small corner of the town yesterday afternoon at the Biltmore of the not affected cell
    southern part of town overnight last night at the cruise take a break their back
    back full steam ahead now I can see them streamline
    all three actually go up to a three main east north south
    South Street Eatontown there working hard on right now streamlines a
    take the power back to its many of the people in houses that are compatible
    as a prophet as possible people are are caucus up of


    the fact that the weather is going to turn out of here goes like this afternoon
    Tervis radar Megabus colder this weekend try to get as much power restore
    restore possible gas will be a somewhat slower process
    process because they have to make sure that the gas lines in each one of these badly damaged
    how to destroy homes is capital for the undersized at system water
    water good comeback on Lake Esther day afternoon with chef
    I got the God said that a miracle because they were looking at least a week


    what was thinking without bypass
    water plant was badly damaged by passes Giffords on water plant was
    difference on water plant corrective is there not the interconnected with anyone else out of a pipe
    bypass the filter system so well the people do not have water first
    first education needs for clothes washing showers all of that up it’s now
    what’s not drinkable to boil water will continue probably for quite some time
    plenty of bottled water around stage 2 round town for people for granted this is OK


    JSO in the meantime along with attempted is the restore utility
    utilities in that soften for structure salon cleanup going on at this point
    incredible about today there are cruser from Champaign
    Department of Transportation townships around here that take insurance
    turn on rotating there are dates for the Illinois Department of Corrections
    working alongside the structure of the old apartment transportation to load the Berean
    does a good free removal is going to be able to massive


    massive massive project as you might expect stand up
    not always feels like suck all types of the breeze
    people who are cleaning up their own property can bring to the free roadside
    hide the pain after separated into first trees live
    construction materials van a bathroom
    bathroom fixtures they want the ceramics separated or state requirements
    this is not something to look like a white girl switch show the rest of us know it


    major appliances washers dryers refrigerators freezers at the different file
    tires are Pyle batteries or tile a pilot might expect the hazardous material
    Orioles which include cleaning solvents up the that sort of thing
    things that are also suffer pilot truck driving by to pick ups
    ups Pacific to items and taking them to the appropriate landfill support
    Chipotle about good free removal set up
    they really don’t want anybody to set a fire


    where is so much to breathe I sexually with the end of the fire kings very quickly
    still that issue with the gas light operative
    I’m thinking of electronic appliances things like TVs and computers with recently I guess
    I guess in the last couple years were banned from Illinois landfills are they there own separate
    pilot I go with white goods what happens to the next one point in the NFL
    that’s not covered in the material that the the receipt to separate
    rate my iphone what the recent change a law that


    there’s probably one more Pilot people up to me
    how to make that is for electronics microwaves television sales other things like that
    what the meantime people you’re asking people to be responsible for clearing their young
    yards in getting the stuff out on the edge how much longer do you expect
    Spectre Cruz will be available to the whole things away like this
    what two prong setting as the insurance adjusters coming on and work with the homeowners
    once insurance adjusters total homeowners go ahead and hire a contractor chick


    Oakley mess up at that point for the contractor shows up the contractor Israel
    responsible for making sure that the debris get to the right kind of landfill
    the restrictions I was talking about a sleeper people who work cleaning up their own property
    property right now they bring it out to the side there will be Cruise
    mystery out of here as long as it takes with within reason but that this is not
    this is not something is going to end today or tomorrow date of the city
    overtime rap down but the Bears are


    Dave’s off of working out of people ok
    the contractor will know where the say the hazardous waste should be taken 2
    yes yes what were talking with ricotta Birmingham Champaign County
    mercy emergency management agency Hiiraan Focus C is in Gifford
    if you have any questions for a front for wreck about about handling all the cleanup
    after after Sundays tornado give us a call at 1 800 222
    229 455 that’s 1 800 222 wyll you


    email us at will dash talk at Illinois dot
    edu and you can contact doesn’t Twitter or Facebook and focus
    focus 580 how would working
    work is your agency the Emergency Management Agency responsible for in Gifford
    what are other agencies doing weather pump your private teacher at this point
    point of what the Emergency Management Agency is responsible for
    Sheriff’s Office working together because they’re both of us about government is off


    managing the resources of the response part
    part of this is pretty much over that was Sunday
    where is short term recovery out the resources
    like for a week Sunday night that I have the became apparent
    parents of the solar system could be operable didn’t have any power and there are several lift
    lift stations in town to remove the sewage out the plant which is up
    how to stop a toddler scientist at it up


    generators and brother man in the suit system is up and running is a major
    help for the nursing home in town because otherwise they would have had
    what is have to meet other arrangements of four of the people who are staying there
    Sol to stay open what’s the score system
    the nose with we don’t have a giant warehouse full
    full of stuff would you happen to have several generators but what we do have
    is Lido where to get stuff whether it’s federal resources state resources


    private sector and the that’s kind of thing we also bring out
    Instagram post so that early in the story the
    unified command to be set up so the representatives of all the responding agencies are there
    other agencies well why only going on here but
    what does the service recognition from the Public Health District
    public health is Champaign Urbana Champaign Urbana Public Health District
    what you doing how long with presence of medical


    today is the setting up an area where there going to be giving people the shots
    because it’s really easy to cut yourself for step on a nail Greenfield
    so there going to be doing that was a little ridiculous morning
    warriors of shift change up there people working generally 12
    12 hour shifts the responders at the 7 o’clock and off for people
    people the overnight shift this is what type of the morning show up
    up the fire department deferred up there being a sister


    how to relieve the largest stepbrother area fire departments because many of the
    Department Catherine damage to deal with
    what do a lot of Oceania late on Sunday as last night
    rehab Fire Department the representatives and equipment hear from Sister Park
    from Chebanse up that way Asheville up north of here and Florida
    all together beta care of the Gifford
    overnight last night today I know there’s a mortgage in salt water coming out


    Bloomington yesterday’s others Sullivan was here with a recluse
    fire engines so other areas apartments are taking care of any response
    ups calls out of the fire department so the different firefighters can’t deal with things at home
    call Pat and it is that kind of cooperation Mary talk about the weather
    papers are helping neighbors it is amazing things to watch that good spirits everybody was in
    word life by the community meeting it was really nothing short of inspiring
    pairing the way that before responding to this so far this


    this is the day of the week Sterling abouts is going to be stress
    but for the moment people are really stepping up there’s a sign of the outsiders
    the city that says Gifford welcome to Gifford America’s home
    does home without end up I was thinking about that this morning at the
    you know I was thinking while you’re doing all this working
    can Gifford in a certain need all this help um you’re with the emergency
    Emergency Management Agency for all of Champaign County and there is damage elsewhere in the county


    do you have to look after absolutely were a pressure plate
    because that is so scattered is there’s not a widespread were making sure that
    all of that gets catalog all those damage assessment
    because that in the long run will make a big difference
    disaster declaration that could bring federal aid to pair of the recovery period
    period Champaign County so that’s all being assessed there will be female
    suspect James and to do with a secondary assessments your short like um


    but yes I had that goes I hate this was happening today 2
    a church companies arranged for towing companies
    companies to come in and out there’s another number of damage to vehicle
    Michaels you’re up there being hold out today to pick up a hazard with the gas
    gas tank for the batteries the fluid inside so that he can imagine the different kinds of
    kinds of things that have to be cleaned up if its mass Wow Center in under
    show in a lot of things to pay attention to know Champaign County is officially a state


    disaster area not yet Federal that’s correct the governor
    Florida State a disaster of believers a surly a Sunday night
    because that they release 13 Callies the states have some kind of damage from this
    what will happen dollars that reports from all those the damages
    13001 way or another would be compile dance
    submitted to feel about for a patient of a
    federal of presidential debate presidential way to clear a disaster


    free up some other federal resources to come you should mention in the meantime that the governor
    available just Child three and a half million dollars yesterday
    for people who are uninsured and the have lost so that they
    bacon start the process of getting back on their feet of the Red Cross I have that paper
    paperwork your half a cup of Health Nursing Home 136
    Gifford by help people get started with the paperwork to participate in that
    that up there is a formula based on the population of a state


    that determines if your lashes without warrant the federal intervention weather they can be handled
    the state level up there’s already a feather is
    presents to speak up other has been over in Washington
    55 LAKE AVE that we’re going to be pet wrestle this time for your back
    back of the tornado hit Hillsboro did not hit that the one of the things I have
    what happens because of the population of Chicago to suburbs it’s a very high threshold
    salt for Illinois but that I think with the Washington hand gif


    Gifford and everything else in between that there’s a chance that it will rain
    will rise to the federal standard this time okay and I’m on one
    I’m wondering for people who are you who who are interested in helping out
    is there a place to go for basic information I am looking at your agency’s Facebook
    facebook page now and its talking about the establishment by the United
    United Way of a gift for a really fun yes
    where is the area really 5’2 the United Way


    stablish that some banks that Gifford State Bank of people killed on altamesa
    donations directly of a lady I have an affinity for the Salvation Army on the Red Cross
    cross of Financial locations are by far preferable to materials
    donations it’s just very difficult to manage material at this time effect
    perfect other with relocations in town where people were dropping off clothing is it just had to
    just had the same no more if there are churches in organizations around the area
    what are collecting goods thats 5 a.m.


    appreciate those thoughts but those organizations need to be prepared to hold on
    does goods for a while so we can get that states the recovery wear a dispenser
    dispensation of those that take place financials
    donations in after the United Way Regency Houston
    I can get that money in the hands of the people who beat it that much more quickly
    outbreak I’m going to take a call now from someone who who knows the story of the soda recovery
    covery from later down the road and im im the dump


    believe I’m talking to a jacket Jack Ryder
    that’s right you’re the mayor in Ogden yeah I’m American and the
    I been through to the Tornados one has a president won also very much
    how much is the mayor of Trustees what I’ve been listening to
    it’s all pretty much down there of the lady who called
    resiliency a small town that is there
    after the same thing I just like to express our residents and the


    off of Ogden Express R
    are you now feeling for that we’ve gone for less that you will get through
    get through it is well um I had the
    I don’t want to say to place her but I work with Bill Keller and record sounds like
    everything that you were doing we have done and it does take a walk
    Michael Wilding rebuilding process will go through if you can
    you can’t say enough about the volunteers um we got to a point


    where we had to turn down people and I think that just shows
    shows a lot of the house and I’m just
    just to let the people get for than other areas now that you wear
    they will bounce back straps are low in Peru and I just like that
    like to thank you for doing that says as part of your agency
    thank you I appreciate that I remember Ogden well that’s fine I was
    still on the other side working at a local radio station in the a


    where we were golfer that that and that you’re absolutely right of a the spirit of the Smokies
    small communities and I grew up in Washington so I know what’s going on over there
    right now and I hope to be over there later the week 550 have family members there
    doing the same thing as hit 60 larger community b***
    the roots of a community are very very deep fat people are going to be
    helping each other cope with this why do I like to think Miramare Jack Ryder off
    Ogden for calling in a little later on we’ll be talking to his predecessor in Ogden


    who was there when a tornado hit the town badly in 1996
    6 where can I bury thank you very much for talking with us sure thing ever end
    and I understand you have a few more busy days ahead of you out there at least
    least a couple at the at some point 380
    over to the local officials will be standing behind on with the
    help with paperwork that had all the recovery process: the next episode
    the long term recovery process that will be engaged what’s a very much


    very much Rick sure that you were going to take a short break for me come back will look at
    How I didn fared when it was badly hit by a tornado about 18
    18 years ago when we talk with the former mayor of Ogden
    the man who was mayor when the storm hit this is focused on wyll
    welcome back to focus on Jim Meadows we are looking
    looking at recovery from a tornadoes like the recovery work going on
    going on now as they clean up in rebuilding Gifford in NE champagne


    Payne County Barroso looking back at an earlier tornado on recovery
    Wikipedia its called the April 1996 tornado outbreak sequence
    that was a series of tornado outbreaks occur to over three days in April of 99
    1996 over a large area of eastern North America the first day
    birthday April 19th what’s the most prolific outbreak of tornadoes ever seen in
    Illinois recorded history 3320 toes and one of them in
    NFL 32 and 80 Rudolph for 1 mile in with it hit decay


    Decatur then it gets traveling distance to the eastern section of Urbana
    mana and then farther east where is destroyed if I understand this right near me
    nearly every home in a small town of Ogden Jim Gilliland was the mayor of Oz
    the time in Ogden today is the temperature for from the tornado and I
    Jim Killen welcome to focus and were trying to reach a gym killing his
    is the of former mayor of Ogden we had him at just a moment ago
    and we will try to I get him out back on the line as well he was the man


    the mayor winner when I was struck by a pretty bad tornado
    180 in April of 1996 I was not hear it
    wyln 1996 with WWII newsroom was search
    certainly here and we’re going to let’s just answer to 4 up up up
    silver prelude before we get to a mystic Illinois play a news report that aired on
    dare to wyll in April of 1996 this is Sarah day
    day Reporting for our station win a governor Jim Edgar a visit


    visited the officer did the tornado hit town of Ogden Ogden
    how did yesterday buing excessive damage done by left Fridays tornado along the way you spoke
    Residence Inn Jekyll North Street house for tamales
    the rebel to save anything off I’m going through valuables of papers
    papers clothing Auto Salvage most close up most of range
    Hammacher how that’s going to turn out yet
    how to get some help for the federal disaster declaration make tornado victims


    victims in champagne in Macon County eligible for grandmas to rebuild Edgar Ulta
    all the present in American flag dedicated to New Franklin Ogden Mary Jim Gilliland
    call the flag a sign of hope that’s what the flagpole is 40 show you that we can ride
    out of the ashes more than 1000 homes and businesses in the two counties worden
    damaged or destroyed by tornadoes I’m Saturday and that’s Report bias
    everyday not have the most recent tornado damage deferred but of tornado damage 18
    18 years ago in 1996 in Ogden and you heard the voice of then I may roam


    did Jim Gilliland and we have here on the phone today match together 1 welcome to focus
    focus thank you for having me I don’t know we were able to hear that news reporting hear your voice
    18 years back what’s the memories that brought back to you
    April 19 1996 you’re the mayor of Ogden where were you when the storm
    tornado hit we were leaving out we were at home and I was out on the porch watching this
    the star role in a man you could see the darkness in the background as we had like me
    lightning flash in the sky and the wind was blowing and then all the


    setting the wind just stop and everything got dead quiet and
    and that we decide it was time to get in and get into the bathtub and that’s what we did
    did you get here Dupre hitting a sidebar house you got in the bathtub for protection
    Texans vs correctly got in there with my wife in our new puppy and I am becoming a shelf
    Self Help and I just prayed that we write a route ok and the storm
    storm does the storm come to your house or near it what how close is yet
    get well we’re on the north west corner of town and we what kind of on the air


    the edge of it so we were very fortunate and blessed we didn’t have hardly any damage?
    you are home so what which was really important later on is we work in recovery
    Avery and the dentist on with more South office going into correction write to text
    Middletown was was was there much of a warning I mean first of all
    what you had have you had any warnings about the weather this might produce tornadoes
    yes we been watching following the television broadcasting the weather reports at most
    that evening so we knew something was coming in and it we didn’t know severity that was going


    is going to end up being but I guess we were where there was coming and we had to start
    storm spiders while watching on the edge of town which was part about protection
    did the siren go off and on well have that time we had a siren that had to be manually turn
    turned on and unfortunately by the time the gym got to do that the storm hit
    and uh the siren in the building at the sirens on top of came tumbling down
    downforce me he was not hurt but that we did not have a siren warning at that time
    what time Saints and the village trustees in


    Ethan and Mary have put we’ve got to do sirens up now so in a automatic set of
    from the county I believe so we have much better warning system today yeah I don’t know
    I guess so I don’t know how brother warning was last Sunday if the sirens went off in Ogden
    this past weekend because of the storm I don’t know I don’t remember hearing and we were
    we were I don’t know I don’t believe they didn’t
    so you were hiding out how long did it take for them for you
    for you to feel that everything is clear that you could come out Whale once once the sound of a freight train


    train left and you can you use to breed the side the house that was kind of
    the worth of past so that’s what we got out and went outside on the front porch
    round is from iphone4 to the neighbourhood we could see
    what did you see where we
    add windows be traffic cameras in bowling over on the side and the trees were
    is were were
    that was struck me really that time to fish that the trees with stripped bare NE


    foliage miss Illinois getting a little bit of break up I don’t know what your phone situation is
    when is it okay that I don’t know if you have a quart or a lack of accord with maybe inhibiting the single life
    think things are okay over here but of course we have a lot of wires we never know right
    right right can you hear me better now yeah you some good now if you can go over again
    whats the song where he was just fact that the trees a stripper
    strip beer with what distance to peer to peer to be much damage
    damage on what I can see from my for my porch but then someone come by and said


    said that you better start heading downtown and what is UC downtown Wells I walk downtown
    downtown you can begin to smell gas from date for the home to have been damaged and the gas meters have been
    broken off until you can you had that stench in the air of debris in the
    the trees of car is turned over just it
    it was the really something that you just almost can’t put into words
    disturbed the devastation that that was there just seem like such a short period of time
    time of death of Thomas actually going on in Damascus destruction etiquette do


    what talking with Jim Killen is the former mayor of Odin he was the mayor
    is the mayor of Odin in April of 1996 town was it badly by a tornado
    going back on his experiences and memories from then if you have some questions are
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    Facebook and focus 580 I can’t imagine being in that situation
    situation you’re the mayor of Odin looking at this devastation what do you do first what
    what did I mean was was helped already arriving what did you do where you can hear it once
    1120 what time I got downtown you can hear the sirens of the Veil merch
    equipment coming your way of what it was just a
    silver whelming that you
    that you did I just didn’t know what to do I just look at me directions to look thinner with destruction and I thought


    what am I going to do this this is beyond me and Dad
    but then once they help got here and especially Iyanla
    the state that they did that with this before in and they just jumped right in and kind of game
    give me directions to decisions were left up to me and borders far is what we actually would do but they had grey
    great advice and I kind of plate on out on there a pass back
    background Direction on Ellen When I should do for lap going forward what were the
    what was the first things I’ve got done well first thing we did Volunteer Fire Dept


    fire departments are going house to house and to try to make a AI headcount
    the community in and people win it and see if anyone with hurt and if it was made
    which medical attention needed a and end once said that was shot
    well that was on going in one state police got here we were we were told that we should shut down
    downtown just keep because of the debris always town leaking gas down wires
    wires that we should shut down the town that allow anyone in time to try to get
    how to get a handle on on what’s going on in what direction we should go now


    did you have a lot of community corporation courses small town a lot of people know each other right
    but when you’re securing the town you’re a barricade in a centrally was there anybody in happy about
    happy about those prescriptions so I think there was and found out later a few
    few days later cause we Capetown lockdown for couple days because we didn’t want sightseers for one thing
    because we still have to breed to get a birth secret to start cleaning up as quickly as we could
    could a so I think they were few people who who felt it maybe we were little too
    strict but if you got a lot of emotions running very high the situation


    like this and you have to take that in consideration people have lost a lot going through a lot
    lot and their confused just like myself and so but for the most part the community
    tipo de gather and and and work we all work together and and that’s great things
    small community in a rural setting that the people you may not see him on a date
    did the bases when something happens in a tragedy your emergency they always step up and
    Panda the do the neighborly thing of taking care of each other not right now
    right now in Gifford there just there still clearing the debris field 4 days after


    at at some point you get from clearing things quickly ring of the damage
    to really rebuilding how did that work out in Ogden how long did it take for
    for that rebuilding to get to get underway what sort of Hoops in paper
    paperwork processes did you have to go through well I thought what we got
    the bridge to Bri stacking it week at that time course back then
    we just separated man we had to separate the park we have to have a line of metal
    metal that reacts with separated in the rest of week we were allowed to dig a big firework fire pit


    hit by pitch that’s right not right turn me with huge hole and we dumped all burnable
    things in at in burned day n night for several weeks Wow
    so we were allowed to do that the tour of the states DPA
    and that’s all that that that the clearing way getting the Powerball
    getting a power play fortunate to the water system was not damaged anyway we had a
    we had a yet ABQ generator backup so the system captain of functioning
    shooting of the sewer plant was not damaged anyway so we very fortunate in that way we just had to


    set up a you get some power to the village office which was still
    are there and the sum of the traders at that I am at Broughton in
    power to them so much with us trailers that I was using for the road
    Kourtney it was more of a command post type thing where are people to people
    people who lost their homes could not stay in their homes in Ogden wear with a living doing well I think some
    send someone staying with the friends and family out of town I like a sweet
    sweet potato home because it would we didn’t have power for for many days but we can still we can still stay


    staying home and I think some of that on the side of town was done but I think it was you
    just a fact family and friends stepping up and they stay there then once we really
    13 release the town the Traveling people that come and go and make it easier to get out and come back
    come back Inn wish I could come in if they had to develop drivers license indicated they were residency
    town did the did the village I did residence Guetta
    get assistance the in rebuilding anything that came from the state or federal government
    yeah I think of FEMA came in and it went off early we had we had a lot of donation


    did that just like a lady that you have your there to do that
    it did the people just stepped up people use a
    don’t know im probably never will know stepped up to get financially and all
    and also like if we had a lot of donations of clothing and we had that you had to close that down like a
    MRI to say that you just got so many volunteer you just overwhelmed
    almost more Volunteers new head actual residence at what times what seems like
    no I’m wondering because it’s time goes on in the rebuilding process must have taken


    what did it take months to detect years no it took it took several months in a year
    yurizan in the landscape of the town changed because we were town of a lot of older homes
    Home smaller homes on small piece of property to 140 some people decided not to
    did not to rebuild in so other people build homes on double sided Lotso the landscape
    the town changed and that that was that was that was a big difference
    difference you notice when you walk around town after were several months afterwards or even years after words to landscape a chain
    changes for the parents of the town but no its it’s going to take it going to take


    take you for months to years 3102 years to XP
    get to the town back to being rebuilt its it’s never going process
    for such a period of time in the cleanup is what is what is ratio Massey
    what this point now you talk about how people really better together at the ounce
    outset but I could just imagine as time goes on there will be difficulties a disagreement Center
    sunrise did did you find that happening in Ogden
    individual just not not just a few who who might have not felt something with being done


    inden the way they would like to have it done because like I said its just human nature you win
    you went through experience in da you want to get back to normal life as quickly as you can
    and so it become sometimes frustrations become very high and you have to deal with
    deal with that in a stand with people coming from and to an invention
    what you talk with them and you work through their problems that dinner come again and everything is
    is back to back to the way it is to get the building the number 11
    I want people to understand in Ogden that what we went through was terrible


    terrible but you come out on your side much better is a community individuals and
    and that’s why we agree to Tambor do we need flag as a symbol in I got
    how to get electricity back to the best we can get that flag lips so it was visible night and day
    and that was just something that was important to let people know that
    gone witches Temperley temporarily disabled that’s a flagon where is where is
    downtown at the Veterans Park and still still still there today
    today that’s one of the first things that went up yes yes that was si we just fell today


    at the community need some kind of sign rally point in hope that was
    what’s a something that some people that was a good idea now
    now you understand that you step down as mayor later in the year
    yes that anything to do with all the difficulties for rebuilding I was at just know that wasn’t
    is more of a personal physical somethings came out during storm because when it first started
    I was up there at the village office for probably 45 days
    days in a row and just sitting there with people coming in asking


    giving directions to abort who went out and did
    did the jobs at work for ask of them so but it was just a more physical things
    things I was still work full time at that time it was a & a truck with a part
    part time position I had to go back to working so I trying to balance work um homem de meaning
    what kind of hard to deal with things when you want to have during the day and that was what was needed
    and the physical things and I thought well II for bed for my for the best meat for the best the community
    stepside where were coming calls coming close to the end of the program


    even though you were not in village government after that unless I don’t know
    I don’t know if you were used in the village board on board also
    Nocturne Residence Inn you seen this rebuilding um going
    going on over the years how do you feel about your town now I’m very
    proud of the town in the people in it and that its its its a small
    small town guy and that its small town living is great
    and I can’t say enough about the people of Ogden what ive been to and what they come true


    come thru and that the reason to get the show tonight would increase the People Gifford
    to stand firm and they will get through this well Jim Killen I wanna thank you
    thank you for talking with us about how often recovered from the tornado that struck their age
    18 years ago and I thank you very much for talking with us today
    okay thank you and also increase to Gifford leaders political leaders
    distance that they would come together in and that and that you be much but strong
    stronger Port aux cable thank you very much my thanks to to record a berry


    Barry of the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency and Mary Southerland
    we talk to at the start of the program she lost her house and get for to a tornado but she and her husband
    husband a term in to rebuild when walking any additional thought you have about today
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