Fairdale goes into full recovery mode

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FAIRDALE, Ill. -- Fairdale is now fully into recovery mode.

The Dekalb County Sheriff gave a briefing at about 10 a.m. Sunday with the latest information he has.

Roger Scott said the town will remain with restricted access for some time, only to residents and some immediate family members who are able to help them.

ComEd has restored the power lines along Highway 72, but power to the town itself is still off.

Because of that, the only residents who are allowed to stay in town will be those whose homes are livable and have generator power.  No power means no ability to stay.

What's truly amazing is the amount of support the people of Fairdale are receiving.  Just to the east a few miles is the village of Kirkland, where thousands of volunteers staged themselves at the firehouse. They are sifting through a mountain of donations, organizing it and then getting out to those in need.

The Lion's Club from Washington, Ill., drove to Fairdale and presented a $10,000 check to the Kirkland Lion's club for relief efforts. They said that Kirkland helped when the tornado hit Washington in November of 2013 -- and now it's time to repay the favor.

The club has also set up a Web site for more donations, which you can visit here. 

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