Residents still grapple with aftermath of DuPage County tornado 1 year later – NBC Chicago


A year ago, a tornado hit several suburbs in DuPage County, damaging hundreds of homes and injuring several people. Since then, residents say they are still grappling with the aftermath.

On Monday morning, officials in the village of Woodridge plan to observe a minute of silence to mark the anniversary of the devastating storm.

Mayor Gina Cunningham and the Board proclaimed June 20, 2022 Woodridge Strong Day.

According to the village, the purpose of the day is to “recognize and express gratitude for the generosity of the countless organizations, businesses and volunteers who dedicate their time, labor and compassion to the community in the wake of the devastating EF-3 of June 2021 tornado.”

The EF-3 tornado touched down just before midnight, with winds of 140 mph. It remained on the ground for more than 20 minutes, damaging more than 200 homes in several suburbs. Naperville and Woodridge were significantly affected.

No fatalities were reported, but 11 people were injured.

A year later, many are still feeling the effects, especially those whose homes have been damaged and who continue to fight insurance companies to help with repairs.

“My battle continues to be the roof,” said Downers Grove resident Sandra Wilhoit.

Wilhoit said his insurance company denied his claims, saying the damage was due to lack of maintenance rather than a storm.

And she is not alone.

“They [State Farm] look at it from the perspective of “Well, we’ll give you $68 to fix your front door,” Alana Radwan said. “I can’t even find someone in my house to watch it for $68.”

Some owners have also turned to state regulators to raise concerns. At least 10 complaints have been filed with the Illinois Department of Insurance.

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