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Some homes in Saline County destroyed by storm

While many in the Tri-State were able to avoid the effects of Tuesday’s severe weather, people in Saline County, Illinois were not so lucky.


"My son down the road, he totally lost his house, it's flat,” Eddie Anderson said.


A crib is one of the only things left standing in the remains of Anderson’s son's former home. No one was inside when the storm, which had a tornado warning, hit around 6:00 pm Tuesday. Anderson’s son and daughter in law were safe inside Anderson’s storm shelter. His wife had just got home from work


"She pulled up 20 feet from the storm shelter and couldn't get out, because there was air pressure on the car doors. She had to sit there in the car and watch the whole thing come unraveled,” Anderson said. “The storm came across the field as you can see through the back. It took a grain bin down the road a half a mile, and put it in the swimming pool behind the house."


Anderson's storage shed was destroyed, but his family is safe.


"If my son and his wife had been home in the next house down, there's no way they would've survived that."


On Wednesday, Anderson and others throughout Saline County were focused on the same thing: cleaning up the mess, but not without a little help from the community


"Pretty good bunch. Very good bunch of people,” Anderson said.


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(This story was originally published April 4, 2018)

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