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Stateline residents deal with morning storm damage

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Tree uprooted in Rockton. Tree uprooted in Rockton.
Tammy Hanson stands in front of her father's house. Tammy Hanson stands in front of her father's house.
Hanson points out where tree came through roof. Hanson points out where tree came through roof.

Powerful winds blow down trees and knock out electricity throughout the stateline. It has meant a busy day of cleaning up and for some people, a close call.

"We got a tree limb right here and the rest of it I think is just exterior," says Tammy Hanson, pointing out the tree limb poking through her father's roof.

Hanson got an early morning wake up call from her dad's neighbor saying there was a tree limb on his house. She rushed over to find her 81-year-old father struggling to get his wheelchair through falling insulation so he could call for help.

"We came over and everything was raining in and tore up so we took him to my house," says Hanson.

Another South Beloit neighbor had a branch speared through the side of their home.  In Rockton, trees came out by their roots.  Damage like this had one contractor visiting 20 different homes before noon, including his own, which had some of its shingles torn off.

"Phone is ringing off the hook, cell phones are ringing, people need their roofs tarped because another storm is possibly coming," says Bill Redieske, Toubl Contracting, Inc.

But it is not just homes with damage.  The downed trees along brought with them power lines. Rock Energy Cooperative and ComEd estimates put about 25-thousand people in the dark during the height of the storm.  While crews work on those outages, residents say there is not much they can do besides clean up.

"I'm going to be picking up the limbs and raking the yards because it is just kind of everywhere," says Lisa Yaun.

ComEd expects power to be restored to 90 percent of its customers by Thursday, but will not have everyone back on until Friday.

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