Methane is the source of the gas we burn in stoves. You can also use it to make plastics, anti-freeze or fertilizer. It comes out of underground deposits, but it also seeps up from swamps, landfills, even the stomachs of cows.
As cleanup continues across the state following this week’s devastating tornados, insurance agents are busy helping people file claims. On Thursday, State Farm Insurance representatives were in Gifford, where an EF3 tornado destroyed part of the town.
There were dozens of reported tornados on Sunday across the state, including two in Champaign County that hit at almost the same time. Illinois Public Media’s Sean Powers arrived in Gifford just as the skies were clearing, and the cleanup was beginning. Listen to the audio by clicking the button on the left. A small album of photos can be found here.