FAIRDALE, Ill -- One week ago today, the people of Ogle and DeKalb counties were bracing for a tornado that would affect their lives forever. Two women died and hundreds of people lost their homes or were displaced.
Now these small farming towns are trying to clean up with plans to rebuild.
911 calls were also released today. They convey the fear in residents as the tornado touched down.
Meanwhile, the town has worked tirelessly for seven straight days. All agree the progress made has been faster than expected.
That's attributed mostly to the good people behind the effort; friends, family, and perfect strangers who just want to help.
From Connecticut to California, they sweat together, they weep and they work some more. A shrine of the Virgin Mary now stands in a hollowed out tree and serves as about the only place of worship around.
While the images of Fairdale change each day, the emotions are still raw for so many who know the town so well.
Route 72 remains closed. It may be another full week to get the clean up behind this town so they really know what's left.