ROCHELLE/FAIRDALE, Ill. (WIFR) -- Three years ago today a powerful tornado packing winds in excess of 200 miles per hour tore through several stateline communities causing substantial damage and killing two people.
The communities of Fairdale and Rochelle suffered extensive damage where several homes were leveled and a car was thrown a full mile. Thirteen homes were destroyed and over 70 where damaged. Now, three years later, residents say the majority of the recovery is behind them.
Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle's home was completely destroyed by the tornado which ravaged his neighborhood near Rochelle. "We're back to normal. We're three years down the road and it's nice to be able to say that we're back to normal. For the most part, we were last year as well, but, we still had yards to get put in and things like that. This will really be our first normal summer."
Near Fairdale you can still see scars left behind by the storm. Some buildings still have visible damage, while several newly constructed homes line the streets.
An unusually strong storm system with a large amount of moisture and warmer temperatures allow supercell thunderstorms to develop across much of northern Illinois. A total of seven tornadoes touched down in the region, six of which were from the same storm.