Cleanup continues in Chester, Ill. after EF2 tornado

Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 9:25 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2021 at 9:29 PM CDT
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CHESTER, Ill. (KFVS) - Cleanup continued Monday, October 25, in Chester after Sunday night’s severe weather.

According to the National Weather Service, the initial reports were of an EF1 tornado was later upgraded officially to an EF2.

Ameren crews worked on Monday to restore power and residents in Chester cleaned up the mess left behind, thankful no one was injured.

“Glass, leaves and debris everywhere just going through my basement,” said Michael Myer.

Neighbors Michael Myer and Brandon Hull were together when storms ripped through town.

“We started hearing the storm started rumbling, like, probably about 10 minutes beforehand, and then the next thing we knew it sounded kinda like hell. But it was trees slamming into the house,” said Hull.

After going outside, Myer realized the damage was much worse than it sounded.

“It’s really just devastating like you couldn’t really hear a lot going on but you knew, like, stuff started banging against the house and by that time we knew something big was going on,” said Myer.

According to the Randolph County Emergency Management Agency, they’ve had no reports of injuries from the storms.

Debra Bauer, a Chester resident, said it was a quick-passing storm.

“We heard something, a boom, and it was like my big 30-foot pine tree hit my house and we sat there for awhile and it was, like, seconds and it was gone,” said Bauer.

She could see the full extent of the damage after sunrise.

“I was shocked, ‘cause we tried to look last night with our phones and lights, you know, you don’t see nothing anyway, so and lots of people parading by here looking at here, being nosey but, yeah, this morning it was like, ‘oh my gosh,’” said Bauer.

While there is no power in parts of Chester, one company delivered food to those in need.

“I appreciate Dominos,” Hull said. “They came out here and gave everybody pizza, so that was a good thing to do.”

According to Ameren, power should be restored for everyone by 1 p.m. Tuesday.

SIU student and former Chester resident, Cierra Creason, is also leading the charge.

She has set up a food donation drop-off site at Rozier’s Country Market.

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