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7/3/2014 11:11:00 AM
Early damage reports in from Earlville tornado

NewsTribune photo/Scott AndersonA Catholic church is one of eight buildings that suffered major damage in the Monday night tornado.
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A Catholic church is one of eight buildings that suffered major damage in the Monday night tornado.
Tamara Abbey
Mendota Bureau Chief

EARLVILLE — Officials with the city of Earlville have completed assessing the damage from Monday night’s tornado. According to an official statement by mayor Mike Hall, 40 structures were damaged with one structure completely destroyed and eight others suffering major damage.

“We were blessed that none of our citizens were injured in the storm despite the damages to their homes,” he said in the statement.

Damage assessments from the brief EF1 tornado with wind speeds up to 110 miles per hour will continue over the next few weeks.


Financial donations for the long term recovery can be sent to Pioneer State Bank, 137 S. Main St., P.O. Box 547, Earlville, IL 60518) or to Earlville City Hall, 210 W. Railroad Street, P.O. Box 98, Earlville, IL 60518).

Earlville enters long-term recovery
Streets are cleared and the power is back on in Earlville this morning, and now the city will begin assessing needs for recovery over the long term, said mayor Mike Hall.

Community leaders from churches and civic organizations will meet at 10 a.m. today to discuss coordinating recovery efforts throughout the community. Hall said even those neighborhoods not directly hit by Monday night’s tornado were still affected by the power outage. The city will work to secure a location where people can throw out any spoiled food. Other needs will be assessed after volunteers meet at 1 p.m. today to walk neighborhoods with a survey form.

The form also will help residents know how to receive assistance as they work to recover from the storm.

“We want to identify our community’s needs and how to continue helping people who had damage,” he said. “We have a little print out ready and we’ll leave it at the door for those who aren’t home.”

Several buildings damaged in the tornado will require more extensive repairs, and Hall said they will have guidelines for contractors and residents who need to make repairs.

Damaged Catholic
church status
St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church and rectory on Union Street were among the buildings damaged.

The Rev. Tom Otto, pastor, said they will need to call a structural engineer to determine the future of the church.

“It’s hard to say right now if it’s structural or cosmetic,” he said after surveying the church.

He and the Rev. Bo Schmitt have been at the church and the rectory to survey the damage. He said there has been a constant stream of people helping clear debris in the aftermath of the storm.

The church shares services with Holy Cross in Mendota and parishioners will worship in Mendota until the future of the church has been determined, Otto said.
Windows were broken and the chimney fell off the rectory which has been used as offices and for overnight stays during bad weather.

Rachel Stella, Tamara Abbey and Tom Collins contributed to this report.
Abbey, the Mendota bureau chief, can be reached at (815) 539-5200 or
Stella can be reached at (815) 220-6933 or
Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or

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