NWS surveys storm damage in Franklin Co.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A meteorologist with the National Weather Service arrived in Franklin County, Illinois Monday afternoon.  Franklin County Director of Emergency Management Ryan Buckingham says the visit is to look at damage caused by the storm early Father's Day morning.

Meanwhile many spent the day cleaning up.   Several people still faced downed trees and limbs. The Lake Benton area was one of the hardest hit places in the county.

Dale Burzynski lives near the lake. He says initially they couldn't even get out of their driveway due to all the downed trees and limbs.

The driveway is now clear. But Burzynski's yard is still covered with debris.

"I've been out and trying to cut some limbs out, in the field, so that we can push them with the tractor and get them together, so we can burn them eventually," Burzynski said.

Burzynski adds he's hired a tree service to help out with the bigger limbs. But he says, the company told him, they couldn't get to his home right away due to a high volume of calls for service.

Meanwhile, Rick Shanklin with the National Weather Service spent Monday afternoon looking at damage throughout Franklin County. He says it appears a micro burst, with winds around 90 miles per hour, moved through the area.

The high winds also knocked power out to some 8,000 people in southern Illinois.  A spokesperson with Ameren says nearly all customers should have their power back on.  She says if you still don't have power to contact Ameren at 1-800-755-5000.

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