TUSCOLA — Douglas County Emergency Management Agency Director Joe Victor made a familiar wisecrack about alligators nipping his backside when asked how things were after a storm blew through his county Sunday afternoon.
"No injuries. Thank goodness," he quickly established.
Nonetheless, several families were left displaced.
Victor reported two homes destroyed and a trailer overturned on the Hayes Road west of Villa Grove; three homes on U.S. 45 heavily damaged; and three mobile homes in Garrett heavily damaged.
He said Hayes Road over Interstate 57 would likely be closed until late Monday or possibly Tuesday because of downed power lines and debris from two campers that were at a nearby pond that blew across the road.
Several machine sheds and outbuildings throughout the county were damaged and semitrailer trucks overturned on I-57. There was also damage at the Galton elevator, about 4 miles north of Arcola.
"It was a combination of straight line winds and a funnel cloud. It came from the west from Hammond through Atwood and Garrett. There was a lot of damage in Garrett, a lot of power poles down," he said, noting the damage hit in the very area where emergency services personnel had a drill in July.
"It also went to the north and turned a little to the northeast," he said, referring to the homes damaged on the Hayes Road, which is about midway between Pesotum and Tuscola.
Victor said Ameren officials told him it could be a week before they could repair some 15 downed power poles just north of Newman in eastern Douglas County. He said the intersection of Douglas County roads 1050 N and 2580 E (the Broadlands Slab) would be closed until the utility can make the repairs.