Fairdale continues recovery Monday

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FAIRDALE, Ill. -- Volunteers are coming through again Monday to help the victims of last week's tornadoes.

Fairdale, Ill. was hit by a tornado Thursday, killing two.

Today, some tornado vicims are showing up at the nearby Kirkland fire station to get something to eat, clothing or donated supplies.

Emergency responders have a couple of goals for today.  One is for ComEd to drop poles into the ground so power can be restored. The goal is to do that by tomorrow.

Also, they're working at getting more volunteers out, and the American Red Cross is stepping up efforts to reach more families and to provide counseling.

The DeKalb County Sheriff took reporters on a walk-through of the most seriously damaged areas this morning.  IDOT trucks are lined up to haul away debris.

Residents say they are very grateful for the outpouring of support from across Illinois.

Officials say they have all the food, water and other material donations they can handle but they are still seeking donations of cash and gift cards for tornado victims.

The National Weather Service says the twister that hit Fairdale was an EF-4 tornado, with winds reaching up to 200 mph.

Residents were allowed back to their homes with a police escort Saturday to see the damage in daylight, and to salvage any belongings.

67-year-old Geri Schultz died when her house took a direct hit from the tornado. Her husband of 25 years, Clem Schultz, survived. He thought he lost his dog Missy in the tornado, but a ComEd worker found it Saturday and they were reunited.

69-year-old Jackie Klosa, who lived next door to Geri and Clem Schultz, also died. She was found in the shower, where she told her sister and daughter she was going to take cover.

11 more people in the town of 150 residents were hospitalized.

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