The curfew that had inplace since an EF-4 tornado ripped through Harrisburg has been lifted. Harrisburg Police Chief Bob Smith said the curfew was lifted and you no longer need a permit to enterthe affected area. Chief Smith says hisdepartment will continue extra patrols, though. The curfew was in effectfrom 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. to limit looting and for the safety of the generalpublic. Later at on Heartland Newsat Noon, we'll talk more about FEMA's decision to not provide hel...
The curfew that had in place since an EF-4 tornado ripped through Harrisburg has been lifted.
The Stoddard County Coroner confirms one person has died as a result of overnight storms. Very few details available right now, but we have a crew on the way. The coroner tells Heartland News he is still working to tell the victim's family. Copyright 2012 KFVS. All rights reserved.
The Stoddard County Coroner confirms one person has died as a result of overnight storms.
HARRISBURG, IL (KFVS) - Crews with Ameren Illinois have issued a safety warning to all residents in and around Saline County. There are numerous power lines down. Ameren asks that all residents stay away from all downed lines, brush, downed trees, and limbs that may conceal downed power lines. If you see a fallen or sagging line, you're encouraged to assume that it is still energized and dangerous. Those lines can carry power even after it's knocked to the ground. If you se...
Crews with Ameren Illinois have issued a safety warning to all residents in and around Saline County.
Several homeowners in parts of Bollinger County, and also Madison County took advantage of Thursday's nice weather to get out and clean up the mess the storm left behind. Ken Lincoln's property right outside of Millersville in Bollinger County took quite a hit. His red barn is destroyed. He says it's been in the family for a long time. Amazingly though, his home was spared even with trees uprooted and splintered all around him. His neighbor lost a pretty good...
Tornadoes, according to emergency management, have followed pretty much the same path over the past couple of years.
Federal and state assessment teams were out in Oak Ridge, Mo. on Friday. On Thursday, Governor Jay Nixon was in town to promise relief is coming. According to Assistant Director of Cape Girardeau County Emergency Management, Charlie Griffith, between four and five hundred homes or businesses have some damage. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) crews spent Friday morning hitting several locations in the...
Property owners with damage from this week's storms should report that damage to their local emergency management agency, and their insurance companies.
The name of the man killed in Puxico Wednesday morning after a tornado moved through the area has been released. A fund has been established for the woman who was in the trailer when him.
Gov. Pat Quinn directed the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to activate the State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield Wednesday after severe storms and tornadoes that struck Harrisburg and other areas in Southern Illinois.
There is hope in Harrisburg this Easter just over six weeks after a deadly tornado brought the town to its knees.
State officials met in Harrisburg to announce a $13 million relief package to help victims of the Feb. 29 tornado and storms.
That was the case in February in Harrisburg, where Hooper monitored strong winds that buffeted the southern Illinois city two days after a tornado killed seven people there.
Southern Illinois may have been turned down for federal help after recent tornadoes and storms, but the Small Business Association is offering help.
The Trendy Kids children's consignment sale is a semi-annual event, but it has a special twist this year.
Mayor Eric Gregg in Harrisburg tells Heartland News that individual assistance from FEMA has been denied again for southern Illinois.
The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) will offer free, one-on-one counseling services on Thursday, March 22 to residents of Harrisburg affected by the Feb. 29 tornado.
HARRISBURG, IL (KFVS) - The deadly tornado that roared through Harrisburg on February 29th, is now threatening the economic future of the community.
The Harrisburg community just got another blow from the February 29 tornado.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied state requests for federal major disaster declaration for 18 Missouri counties.
Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg says he doesn't understand what criteria the Federal Emergency Management Agency used to deny disaster aid to southern Illinois counties ravaged by tornadoes.
US Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) said Sunday the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s denial of federal funding for the five southern Illinois counties affected by severe storms and tornadoes was unacceptable.
It's Spring Break week on the SIU campus, but not everyone is hitting the beaches for some fun in the sun. Instead, a group of SIU students and their professor in the School of Architecture are helping tornado victims in Harrisburg rebuild their homes.
The tornado-ravaged community of Harrisburg is getting a $1 million grant to improve access to the city's hospital.
The Saline County coroner has confirmed a seventh person has died from injuries sustained in the EF4 tornado on Feb. 29. The man was a retired coal miner. His wife is still in critical condition.
Missouri senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama Friday in support of Gov. Jay Nixon's request for a disaster declaration for 18 counties in the state in the wake of devastating tornadoes, hail, high winds and heavy rain.
Many people are asking how they can help after a preliminary EF4 tornado hit Saline County, Illinois killing six people. One man was killed outside Puxico, Missouri in the storms. Here's how.
Families affected by the tornado in southern Illinois who are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can receive replacement food from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Gov. Jay Nixon requested a federal major disaster declaration for the state of Missouri on Wednesday, March 8 because of the tornadoes, hail, high winds and heavy rain that affected several parts of the state last week.
The donations for tornado victims in Harrisburg continue to pour in from around the region, and the nation.
The First Church of God in Carrier Mills has set up a temporary sanctuary, classrooms and office spaces in the parsonage.
On Tuesday the Harrisburg Medical Center got some very good news from the State of Illinois. That's when they received word that the hospital had passed the state's inspection after it was damaged by a tornado.
Seven tornadoes in the Heartland on Feb. 29 have been confirmed by the National Weather Service.
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The group collecting items for storm victims are still in need of food, water and baby supplies. The cutoff date for donations of goods is March 7, but the collection group says monetary contributions will still be welcomed.
There are hundreds of people who are homeless in Harrisburg after the tornado tore through town last Wednesday.
Staff from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) began documenting damage to homes and businesses from tornadoes that hit southern Illinois on Feb. 29.
We are learning more tonight about the storm that hit Stoddard County on Wednesday.
Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel authorized 12 counties to be added to the list of counties eligible for emergency 24-hour approvals of low-interest Missouri Linked Deposit Program loans in response to the Feb. 29, Leap Day storms.
More than eight hundred people from across the Harrisburg area attended a religious service for the community on Sunday night.
Harrisburg will say goodbye to the final three victims of Wednesday's deadly tornado.
Ridgway Mayor Becky Mitchell, tells Heartland News that they have got everything cleaned up that they need to get done by volunteers.
Harrisburg schools will be in session on Monday, according to the sheriff's office.
Paid Contractors working in Harrisburg will have to get a paid permit.According to the sheriff's office, all paid contractors, on Monday will need to go the City Clerk's Office to receive a paid contractor
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin tours storm ravaged areas in Southern Illinois.
Hundreds of volunteers armed with chainsaws, rakes and energy worked throughout the day to help with the pain-staking task of cleaning up the mess.
In an effort to heal some of the scars of Wednesday's deadly E4 tornado, there will be a community worship service Sunday evening at the Davenport Gymnasium at Harrisburg High school.
The Southeastern Illinois College Foundation Building is being used as a staging area for emergency personnel in the aftermath of Wednesday's deadly tornado."We are so pleased to see the outpouring of
Parts of Giant city State Park have been shut down due to storm damage.
Katie Gaskins has called Harrisburg home for all of her 62 years, and she says she has no doubt the southern Illinois city once nearly wiped off the map by flooding will recover from a deadly tornado.
Missouri's Governor, Jay Nixon, stressed the importance of preparation, response, repairs and review as he toured damage in Puxico and Oak Ridge on Thursday.
Wednesday morning's EF04 tornado has impacted far more than those in its path, including Saline County senior citizens.
Weather officials say five tornadoes hit the Heartland causing death and damage Wednesday. The tornado that hit Harrisburg, Illinois packed winds as high as 180 mph.
Seven people across the Heartland, 13 across the nation have died after at least 35 tornadoes touched down in 24 hours in the Midwest. Five of those tornadoes were in the Heartland. The governors for Missouri and Illinois have issued either emergency or disaster declarations.
With the recent deadly tornadoes hitting the Heartland, now is the time to prepare your family to know what to do in case you are confronted with such storms.
Many wonder what to look for when inspecting a home for damage following a storm. Allstate offers these tips when looking over your home for damage:
Storm shelters have been opened up for those in need in southern Ill. and southeast Mo.
A hospital in Branson treated 32 people in the hours after a tornado hit the tourist destination.