Vermilion County Added To State Disaster Declarations
by The Associated Press, with additional reporting from Illinois Public Media
Fifteen Illinois counties, including Vermilion, now have state disaster declarations after strong weekend storms unleashed violent tornadoes.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn added Vermilion and Fayette to the list of counties getting the extra state aid.
Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency Director Ted Fisher said the twisters in his area damaged six farms and homes in rural areas, like Catlin and East Lynn.
Sunday's storms spawned at least 15 tornadoes that killed at least six people and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. At least two of the tornadoes had a preliminary designation as EF-4s, the second-strongest rating.
Quinn says in a statement that officials are still tallying the damage, but expect to find that more than 1,500 home to have been damaged to destroyed.
Federal and state officials are set to meet in central Illinois on Thursday to begin preliminary damage assessments.
The disaster designation is aimed at making it easier for state resources to help hard-hit communities.