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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Four huddled while wind stripped the house away

  • Residents of Galatia, near or on Walker Street, agree that the sound of Tuesday night's storm was loud, some likening it to a jet engine starting up.
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  • Residents of Galatia, near or on Walker Street, agree that the sound of Tuesday night's storm was loud, some likening it to a jet engine starting up.
    But Harold Ewell, who sheltered in a walk-in closet with four other family members, said "It sounded like a freight train."
    When the storm was over at about 10:10 a.m. he and his family came out of the 3 foot-by-5 foot closet to find the roof of the house and two walls blown away. The closet was the only room left with a ceiling. The entire roof was gone.
    Wednesday morning he and friends and relatives were rescuing clothing and valuables from the remains of the home at 206 E. Walker St. At that time they didn't know where they would be spending the night.
    "We have to wait for the insurance man to arrive before we know if we will be in a motel or what," Ewell said at late morning.
    Although the house is a total loss Ewell's wife Karen said, "We got our lives."
    A 10 block stretch of Galatia along Walker Street was damaged. Ameren worked through Tuesday night and by dawn had powered restored to about 3/4 of the village. School was canceled due to concerns over the ability of a generator to keep a sewage pump operating.
    Many old growth trees lay shattered in front yards and sometimes across roof tops. One mobile home was bisected by a large tree branch, its owner sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to people at the scene.
    Gaylon Parks was standing outside his sister-in-law's house at 301 N. Hickory St. looking at a large tree branch that had landed on her roof. Natural disaster struck the family last year.
    "She is 83, Imogene Williams. She was home last night when the tree branch hit her roof," Parks said. "She is all right, no injuries, but she was really shaken up because her sister, Linda Hull, was killed in the Feb. 29th tornado in Harrisburg.”
    The strong rain and wind which spawned several tornadoes in the Tri-State area did relatively little damage in Carrier Mills overnight. A dead tree in the yard at the intersection of Railroad and Harris Street was blown over with no damage to property.
    More serious damage occurred at the storage building owned by Russell Oil Company at the intersection of Main and US.45 South. A portion of the wall of a building owned by Fred Hutson was blown off and damaged the adjacent storage building. A portion of the roof and several doorways and sections of the wall of the storage building showed clear evidence of impact of wind-driven debris.
    Village Street crews reported no other significant damage other than minor flooding to Carrier Mills.

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