Recovery Begins in the Aftermath of Midwestern Storm
Many are beginning to think about what it will take to recover in the aftermath of a devastating storm that swept across parts of the Midwest this weekend, Reuters reports. With most of the primary impact occurring on Sunday, a bout of severe weather rumbled through the Midwest last weekend, leaving a wake of destruction in its path. While many areas experienced heavy winds, thunderstorms, and persistent rain, some of the hardest-hit areas were those where tornadoes touched down.
An uncommon occurrence in November this late in the season, the tornadoes caused by the system have already been called some of the worst in history for this time of year. In Washington, Illinois, entire blocks of houses were demolished, leaving people who evacuated to storm shelters thankful that they had advance warning of the coming storm.
The damages caused by such as extreme system are virtually limitless. An obvious effect is the destruction of property, such as homes and businesses, along with damages to vehicles and other objects left outdoors. However, there are many more factors to consider. Power lines across several states sustained trauma; many roadways were obstructed by debris; and transportation routes, such as railroads, were also effected.
The daunting task faced by officials, homeowners, and business managers is not only to assess the damages, but also to rebuild and repair what the storm took out. A good deal of work is already underway. Workers from power companies have been striving to restore electricity to those who were cut off; this is especially true in Michigan, where over 500,000 homes and businesses were left without power in the storm’s wake. Clearing roadways of fallen trees and power lines was also a priority.
Construction companies will have their work cut out for them as well. In Washington, where little more is left of several homes than a fireplace wall and piles of rubble, work will pretty much have to start from square one. It is estimated that between 250 and 500 homes sustained severe damages in the storm in the city. In communities that were not impacted by tornado-force winds, the damages are more manageable, but will still put pressure on construction companies to complete repairs quickly as winter is about to set in.