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|Yates City Continued Cleanup Friday From Thursday's Storms
|Residents in two south eastern Knox County towns, are still trying to pick and recover after Thursday's early morning storms.
Most of people in Yates City and Maquon were still without power early Friday afternoon as they worked to clear their yards and streets from downed tree limbs and other debris. The American Red Cross and Salvation Army had representatives going back and forth between the Maquon and Yates City Fire Departments to provide aid to those who needed it.
Yates City resident Steve Donohoe was busy chain sawing some bigger trees that fell in his yard, and he tells WGIL he's thankful his house for the most part escaped damage. "For some reason, I've got water coming in around my chimney," Donohoe said. "(The rain) was blowing hard enough it blew right through the seals of the windows."
Another Yates city resident, Susie Hall, who was picking up downed tree branches in her yard and running a generator, tells WGIL she really has only one concern now that the storms had passed. "That our insurance comes through for us, that's my concern," Hall said. "For 30 years, we've hardly made a claim at all, and I'm hoping now, besides my deductible, that they make it worth my while."
Debbie Young, who works at County Line Veterinary Service just south of Yates City says she's pleased by the community effort to work together and clean up the area. "I think they're dealing with it wonderfully," Young said. "I went through there (Thursday) after I left (work). All the townspeople were together cleaning up the park, and everybody who had a truck was up there, loading...I thought they were doing a wonderful job cleaning up -- the quick response to it and everything."
As of Saturday morning, a majority of power outages in Yates City and Maquon were restored. As of 8am Saturday, only 53 Ameren customers in Yates City remained without power. In Maquon, 29 customers still have no electricity. Elmwood, another area hard hit by Thursday's storms, had 572 customers still with no electricity. That's about half of the customers there.
A LOOK AT STORM DAMAGE AND CLEANUP FROM YATES CITY:
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Dominic Fortini. Some updated information by Will Stevenson.)
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