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WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - More than 150 Boy Scouts from northern Illinois spent time this weekend helping clean up from last fall's deadly tornadoes.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reportsthe Scouts were in the central Illinois community of Washington, which was hard-hit by the November storms that crisscrossed the state.

Twelve-year-old Derek Lawrence traveled to Washington from Sycamore along with his father and other troop members. He says seeing the destroyed community "doesn't make sense."

Kurt Westhoff, whose son Noah also traveled to Washington, said the Scouts decided to volunteer rather than go on a spring camping trip.

About two dozen tornadoes touched down in Illinois on Nov. 17. About 1,000 homes in Washington were either severely damaged or destroyed.

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Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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