Monday, March 13, 2006

Springfield Tornado

A devastating tornado hit Springfield on Sunday evening, ripping across the south side of town, especially Jerome, Parkway Pointe, and from midtown to the Dirksen Parkway. The storm then went northeast through Loami, New Berlin, Curran, and Riverton, leaving behind heavy damage.

Power lines are out, gas lines broken, and many business buildings are destroyed along Wabash Avenue and South MacArthur. Much damage occurred in the Westchester and Sherwood subdivisions. The downtown historic districts were spared.

The Journal Register has a lengthy story on the storm and also several galleries of photos. We are hoping that all members of '58 who live in Springfield are OK and would appreciate any notes they can send, either via e-mail or comments below.

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