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Tornado of 06/08/1993
Al Wilson's property on Matilda Street experienced some of the most extensive damage. The garage, utility shed, gazebo, and swimming pool were destroyed.
One of the high-tension power line towers near the Bruntjen property was blown down, closing traffic on I-72.
Many agencies and volunteers spent numerous days cleaning up fallen trees and debris left behind by the powerful storms. Utility companies were busy restoring power and service.
At 5:22 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 1993, a group of 4 or 5 gustnadoes passed through the village in a matter of minutes, damaging 63 properties. Sangamon County E.S.D.A. Coordinator Gene Doerfler said it appeared that there were four distinct tornado paths. Two came from the southwest up Matilda Street, one hit Matilda from the south, and one struck north of Matilda. The community was left with no power and many days of cleanup. Almost every street in town was impassable and the village was closed to everyone other than workers and residents. Remarkably no one was seriously injured and only five homes were uninhabitable.
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