In the week since the storm struck, the depth of damage and
destruction has been discovered to be much greater than first
thought. Thirty-five farmsteads were affected, with many structures
gone. Officials agree that due to amount of debris that spread out
over an extensive area, the cleanup and recovery will take
The Logan County Emergency Management Agency
with the assistance of state assets and federal aid continues with
the general countywide cleanup and restoration.
The response to victim needs shifted from immediate emergency aid
to temporary and is now entering transitional recovery. Many
families have experienced significant personal losses. Most of the
victims were insured, but insurance settlements will not cover the
The community is being asked to help meet important needs and
transitional costs for these families by donating financially, with
goods or by volunteering their time.
In this phase of the tornado disaster recovery, the Lincoln
Salvation Army has been designated as the lead agency to coordinate
efforts that assist families affected by the storm. Salvation Army
disaster relief caseworker Rebecca Van Nydeggen will be coming
alongside each family to fill in the blanks and to facilitate next
steps in new permanent housing and utility assistance.
In addition, the Salvation Army will assist with health and
safety supplies, such as prescription medications, food and
clothing, as well as household content replacement and food pantry
Van Nydeggen spent considerable time in the field connecting with
the tornado victim families in the first days following the tornado.
She will continue providing assistance by meeting with the families
one-on-one at the Salvation Army office at 307 N. Kickapoo St. in
The families will be provided vouchers supplied by area retailers
and Lincoln resale shops for food, household items, clothing and
Families needing assistance for tornado recovery may contact Van
Nydeggen at 217-732-7890 to obtain vouchers and to address other
All donations made
to the Salvation Army for tornado disaster relief will be used
to help Logan County tornado victims directly.
through the Salvation Army are tax-deductible.
A Salvation Army
Logan County Disaster Assistance Fund has been set up.
To mail a check, make it payable to Salvation Army Logan County
Disaster and send to The Salvation Army, PO Box 52, Lincoln, IL
Disaster donations are kept completely separate from the
Salvation Army's general fund that assists Logan County
residents throughout the calendar year.
The Salvation Army
office is also accepting donations of food pantry supplies and
financial donations, which can be designated for food pantry use
or for disaster relief in Logan County.
All donations may be made in person at the Keest Center, 307 N.
Kickapoo St., between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays.
who have questions, need additional assistance or who haven't
been reached yet may contact the Salvation Army office at
Volunteers and anyone needing more
information about donating can also call 217-732-7890.
Financial contributions may also be made directly to individuals
who have set up accounts at their banks. These donations are not
accounted through the Logan County Emergency Management Agency or
the Salvation Army and do not qualify for a tax deduction.
The following families are set up:
Ed and Cindy
Mayfield -- State Bank of Lincoln
Joe and Kelly
Elias -- State Bank of Lincoln
For Bill and Margaret Lahr, the account
is under their daughter's name, Judith Hughes -- Illini Bank,
Andy and Joan Dahmm -- State Bank of
If help is needed cleaning up, or those wishing to help in the
cleanup can contact the Logan County Emergency Management Agency
office during business hours at 217-732-9491.
--End of Aug. 28 update
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A review of the Aug. 19 tornado
Damage assessment by Logan County Emergency Management Agency
estimated at $4.8 million.
The twister reached over a half-mile wide at places on the ground
and was witnessed to have an estimated 9-mile wide circulation in
the sky. It was on the ground over 20 miles in Logan County.
Over its course there was extensive damage to numerous
farmsteads, utilities and the countryside as it traveled from the
southwest to the northeast the full width of southern Logan County.
Multiple homes had roofs and walls gone. Outbuildings were blown
over a mile away and grain bins blown away.
The tornado damaged farm outbuildings, machine sheds, homes,
garages and vehicles.
It produced widespread tree damage and flattened many cornfields.
Utility properties supplying electricity, gas, propane,
telephone, cable and Internet were damaged or destroyed, temporarily
interrupting services to the immediate area.
The Red Cross provided immediate temporary shelter and fed those
who could not go back to their homes.
Law enforcement provided security at darkened farmsteads.
Multiple organizations and agencies provided relief and cleanup
assistance to victims and workers in the field.
Official report from the National Weather Service
Tornado 3: Sangamon and Logan counties
Maximum intensity: EF3 (140 mph)
Path length: 24.5 miles
Maximum width: 1/2 mile
This tornado touched down on the west side of Williamsville, just
east of Interstate 55, at 3:18 p.m. Aug. 19. It destroyed an antique
mall, damaged the Casey's and collapsed the canopy over the gas
pumps. One person was injured at the mall, while two motorcyclists
were injured when they were thrown from their bikes.
The tornado moved northeast through Williamsville and hit a
church, throwing a two-horse trailer onto the roof and collapsing
the roof over half of the building. One person inside the church was
The tornado then continued through the northern portion of town,
doing damage to trees and some houses. Two homes lost their roofs
and several others lost portions of their roofs. The tornado also
caved in the southern end of a metal building, part of an
agricultural business on the edge of town.
The width of the tornado through town ranged from 100 to 150
yards. The maximum wind speed of 135 mph (EF2) in Williamsville was
determined from the damage to the church.
Continuing east-northeast, the tornado flattened cornfields,
damaged farm outbuildings and machine sheds, and damaged homes,
garages and vehicles on Lester Road. One home was completely
destroyed and another had extensive damage as the tornado widened to
600 yards at this point. A 19-month-old baby was injured as the
family home was hit by the tornado. Maximum wind speed at this point
was estimated at 140 mph (EF3).
The tornado continued through fields, causing extensive crop
damage, until crossing into Logan County around 3:26 p.m. Path
length through Sangamon County was 4.5 miles.
In Logan County, the tornado continued to move northeast and
widened to close to one-half mile at several places. Multiple homes
had roofs and walls gone, outbuildings blown over a mile away, and
grain bins blown away. The tornado continued to produce widespread
tree damage and flattened many cornfields. In some places, the corn
was lying in different directions, indicating the strength of the
winds as it moved past. At some places, the tornado did weaken,
which coincides with the rotation weakening on radar, but remained
on the ground.
Two injuries occurred in Logan County, when two men were thrown
from a maintenance building as the tornado hit.
Wind speeds were estimated at 140 mph as the tornado crossed from
Sangamon County, decreasing to 110 to 120 mph as it moved to areas
between Lincoln and Mount Pulaski. The tornado continued northeast
before weakening to speeds of 90 to 100 mph, with a width of 50 to
The tornado finally dissipated just east of Beason at 4:02 p.m.
The path length in Logan County was 20 miles.
--End NWS report
National Weather Service map identifies central Illinois areas
affected by severe weather Aug. 19:
Severe weather outbreak radar and report details from Aug. 19:
[Text from file received from
Logan County Emergency Management Agency]