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Local Man Gives Tour Of Washington, IL Tornado Damage

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Earlier today, a local man offered to show us around the neighborhood where we saw leveled home after leveled home. He introduced us to his sister and brother and law who lived through it all.

While the strength of this tornado that created all this destruction is measured by the speed of its winds, 
the strength of the Washington community can be measured through its stories.

"The whole foundation just started shaking. It was so scary," said Abbey Wilson. 

"The whole foundation of the basement it felt like it was going to pick it up out and bring it out the house," said Steve Wilson. "You could hear a freight train. Scariest thing I've ever seen."

And if the tornado was the scariest thing Abbey and Steve Wilson have ever seen, walking up their basement steps and viewing the destruction with their neighbors was the most heartbreaking. 

"Heart broken. I mean, I grew up in this neighborhood," they said. "I grew up in this house. I used to ride my bike all through this neighborhood and now it's just gone. You can't even tell people's houses you knew. There's nothing left." 

Now as this sea of debris marks a time when many are focused on what was lost, the Wilson's say now is the time to think about what they still have. A strong community, a home that remained largely in tact and most importantly their lives. 

"I thought it was over," sand Steve. "I literally told her I love her and I don't know what's going to happen. All I could do was pray." 

As the saying goes, man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. It's a truth that can be seen right now in Washington as neighbors work to overcome the destruction by coming together. 

 

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