FEMA expected to survey Harrisburg tornado damage

March 5, 2012

Associated Press

(AP/Lance Dennee, file)

Recovery efforts are continuing in southern Illinois as Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are due to assess damage from last week's deadly storms.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says FEMA officials are expected to survey Monday in Harrisburg, where six people died and about 100 people were injured when a tornado struck the community of 9,000 residents. Harrisburg schools are expected to reopen on Monday. The tornado hit Saline County early Wednesday.

Volunteer cleanup crews worked in shifts over the weekend. Durbin toured the area on Saturday along with Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken.

The tornado that blasted Harrisburg in southern Illinois, killing six, was an EF4, the second-highest rating given to twisters based on damage. Scientists say it was 200 yards wide with winds up to 170 mph.