Suburbs cleaning up after tornadoes, storms

June 8, 2008 9:25:58 PM PDT
South suburban residents have been working around the clock to put their lives back together from tornado damage brought on by Saturday's powerful storms..Only minor injuries have been reported in the series of storms across the Chicago area for the past two days.

The National Weather Service says six separate tornadoes roared across the southern suburbs Saturday.

A Richton Park apartment complex suffered major damage, and while the tornado's path spared many, others got hit.

Crews worked nonstop Sunday to fix the damage so residents could return home. However, not everyone was lucky. One woman was expected to spend a second night at an area high school where the Red Cross set up a shelter.

"After all, it gets easier. We are grateful to have a roof over our head," said Carmelita Moore.

Other residents thought they were going to have a roof over their heads Sunday night, until a 'damaged' a sign was put on their front doors late in the afternoon.

"I am not sure what we're going to do," Felicia Burt said.

Despite the fast work from repair crews, some residents chose not to go home. One woman was shocked to find out that she only had minimal damage.

"I think I will give them another night," Angie Slater said. "Many businesses have felt the wrath of mother nature."

"What else are you going to do? People need help and you help them," said area resident Paul Toledo.

"We have been here since 1967, and now we know what tornadoes are like," said Dr. Richard Sopiarz, a Richton Park business owner.

Luckily, no one was hurt in Richton Park. Many residents either took shelter or got out of town.

Crews were expected to return to the area Monday to continue to repair the damage.

Storm damage in Plainfield

Saturday's storms damaged school property in southwest suburban Plainfield.

Athletic field equipment was damaged at one school, and trees were knocked over. Ironically, some of the debris came down on top of a memorial commemorating the deadly tornado that killed 29 people and injured hundreds more in August 1990.

Fortunately, the monument was not damaged.

Delays and cancellations at Chicago airports

The storms were having an impact at Chicago's airports Sunday.

Delays are running 45 minutes to one hour at O'Hare Sunday evening with at least 200 flights cancelled.

Operations were much better at Midway Sunday. The aviation department said flights were back on schedule and there were no major cancellations.


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