Fayetteville, IL: trees, power lines down, roofs damaged

Fayetteville, IL (KSDK) - Residents in Fayetteville, Illinois were hit hard with strong winds and torrential rains. Thankfully no injuries have been reported, but many residents are dealing with uprooted trees and torn off roofs.

Fayetteville is located in St. Clair county, about 35 miles southwest of St. Louis.

The damage is scattered throughout the town, including trees and power lines down. Residents say it didn't last long, but long enough to do damage.

"The wind came up and hit the window so hard that you couldn't even see out of the window," says Steve Bohannon who lives in Fayetteville. "Next thing I know I saw chairs flying and I hollered and told everybody let's run to the bathroom about the time that we got to the bathroom, BOOM!"

That boom was the neighbor's roof peeling off and smacking Bohannon's garage, leaving the remnants in his front yard.

"It was scary there for awhile and came out and opened the garage door and water was pouring like a waterfall in there, but we are okay it just did the garage," says Bohannon.

Just down the street from Steve, another roof was picked at and a tree was pulled up out of the ground. Just up the street from Steve a semi trailer, looking more like a child's toy, was simply tipped over, a victim of the strong winds.

Just hours after the storm blew folks in Fayetteville were already cleaning up.

"I'm very proud of the people in this town, I can't say enough for these people in this town they've always banded together when it comes time for someone's need," says Fayetteville mayor Brian Funk.

St. Clair county officials are planning to help this small town this week.

"We come down and do assessments and see if there's anything the county can do on their part to assist the village of Fayetteville and that's what we will be doing over the next few days," says Herb Simmons with the St. Clair County 911. "Helping them get the debris cleaned up and just providing that mutual support for them."

Residents here in Fayetteville are being asked to try to move as much debris to to the side of the road and crews will start picking it up Monday.


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