FAIRDALE, Ill. -- On April 9th, an EF-4 tornado damaged more than 60 homes in Fairdale, Illinois. A third of them were completely obliterated and many are still uninhabitable.
Fairdale would not qualify for any state or federal grant money. It fell 8 million dollars short of the 18 million dollar threshold.
Homeowners could not get permits to start rebuilding because under new DeKalb County zoning laws, there wasn't enough space for setbacks from both the road and old septic line. So the city is now in the process of working with Nicor and is constructing a new community septic field.
Because of how rural this community is, there was not a tornado siren anywhere nearby to alert people this storm was coming. In a few weeks, a new siren will be installed. Every resident will also be receiving a free weather radio.
WGN’s Dana Rebik visited Fairdale and talked with residents about the progress their town is making six months later.
For more information on the recovery efforts as well as a way to donate log on to: fairdalerecovery.org