Sunday's storm leaves destruction, community picking up the pieces

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Washington - The community is picking up the pieces after Sunday's storm left a path of devastation.

 

Despite the destruction only one life was claimed by the storm, 51-year-old Steve Neubauer was found dead near his home.

 

Homes have been flattened and hundreds of lives have been changed forever. Bill Bayler is sifting through what used to be his home "what's said is we paid it off like 3 weeks ago." He is one of hundreds trying to put back the pieces of his life one scrap of metal at a time.

 

Daniel Cobb and his wife were in their home when the tornado hit. "Her and I held each other in the corner of the basement, we have the most prized possessions and that's each other." One of their photos landed miles away in Joliet.

 

Washington was among the hardest hit communities in the state.

 

If you would like to help with relief efforts the Salvation Army has activated Emergency Disaster Services response teams and equipment throughout the affected areas. To make a donation in support of those impacted by the disaster, http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text "SAnow" to 80888 to make a $10 contribution.

 

Shelters have also been set up in Washington and surrounding areas

• Crossroads United Methodist Church – 1420 N. Main St in Washington
• Evangelical United Methodist Church – 401 Main St in Washington
• First United Methodist Church – 154 E. Washington St in East Peoria
• Avanti's Dome – 3105 Griffin Avenue in Pekin

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